Global Wildlife's gentle giants, the reticulated giraffe family continues to grow. Baby giraffes are 150 lbs. at birth, and can be up to 6 ft. tall. Mother giraffe Kameel was the first baby giraffe born at GWC, and she has given birth to many babies. The giraffe's tongue is 18 in. long, and visitors love it when the giraffes snake it into a waiting feed cup.
No two of our Grant's Zebras have the same striping pattern. Each one is unique, and serves as a name tag of sorts for the zebra herd. When a baby zebra is first born, the mother stares at it for hours, so that the mom and baby can recognize each other quickly. The zebras are the only animal at the Center that you can't feed. They bite to show affection - and aggression!
Red kangaroos are the largest of the Macropod family and are native to Australia. The name kangaroo means, "I don't understand." When the European explorers asked the aborigine people what those strange hopping creatures were, they replied, "Kangaroo." Meaning they didn't understand a word they were saying!
There are less than 1,000 wild Bactrian camels left in the Gobi Desert; making them more rare than a Giant Panda. Bactrian camels can only go about 3 days without water. The weight of the Bactrian Camel’s humps is 25 lbs per hump. Loads up to 1,000 lb. can be carried by the Bactrian camel at a pace of about 2.5 mph for up to 29 miles per day!
There were over 50 million bison in North America before the white man and there were only about 1000 bison surviving on the continent by 1900. "Buffalo" is derived from the French word used for Bison, "Les Boeufs." True buffalo are native to Africa and Asia like the cape and water buffalo. There are about 70,000 bison today living in national and state parks.
Llamas are one of 4 members of the camel family found in the Americas. The other three are the alpaca, guanaco (our red llamas are part guanaco) and the vicuna. The llama was first domesticated by the Incan Indians about 4,500 years ago and is known as the “South American Camel” because it is in the same family as the camel. Baby llamas are called “cria”. Mother llamas will hum to their offspring to calm the baby in stressful situations.