Sunday, February 1, 2009

Meet Malia at the Buffalo Zoo

Malia  gets accustomed to her new surroundings 
at the Buffalo zoo.

High hopes for zoo's baby giraffe.

The calf was born January 10 2009.  She is shown here in the Giraffe House getting accustomed to her new surroundings.  She batted her big brown eyes and stood wobbly, still unsure of her balance on her very long legs. She is already 6 1/2 feet tall. The zookeepers have finally settled on the name Malia for her.

Malia's  family  includes her father, Cain, mother, Akili, and two other adult females. Malia will remain in Buffalo for about a year before going to another zoo, where she eventually will be bred as part of the global survival plan for reticulated giraffes.

The giraffes reach a height of 14 to 18 feet, are the tallest living mammals and  are still relatively plentiful in the African savannah.

The new arrival may be viewed from the building’s vestibule. The giraffe family will not venture into the yard outside until warmer weather arrives.

If you wish to visit:
Buffalo Zoo  300 Parkside Avenue
 Buffalo, NY 14214   

Hours of operation:
during the months of January and February,  closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

July 1 - August 31 10:00am - 5:00pm

September 1 - June 30 10:00am - 4:00pm

*grounds remain open 1 hour after gates close.

Admission Fees:
Children 23 months and under: FREE         Children (2-14): $6.00
Full Time Students: $7.00 (up to age 22 with valid school id)
Adults: $9.50                                        Seniors (63+): $7.00


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