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White Giraffes Caught on Video

Check out the footage of a female and a baby

(Newser) - For the first time ever, white giraffes have been caught on video. Back in June, a villager in Kenya came upon the extremely rare white giraffes — a female and a baby — near the Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy and reported the sighting to local rangers, the New York Times reports.... More »

Name of April the Giraffe's Calf Revealed

Tajiri, which means 'hope'

(Newser) - More than two weeks after April the giraffe finally gave birth , her calf's name has been revealed. Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, which live-streamed the final stages of April's pregnancy to millions of viewers who waited impatiently for the calf to be born, staged a contest... More »

April Is a Cash Cow for Zoo

Giraffe frenzy raked in $150K in GoFundMe, likely hundreds of thousands more

(Newser) - April the giraffe has become a cash cow for a tiny zoo in upstate New York, thanks to a YouTube livestream of her pregnancy and birth of an incredibly cute calf that riveted viewers around the world. Owners of the for-profit Animal Adventure Park won't say exactly how much... More »

Park: April's Fine, Please Stop Emailing Us

Giraffe live cam is coming down this week

(Newser) - April the Giraffe's wildly popular live cam is going dark this week. Animal Adventure Park in New York announced on Facebook that the cam will be turned off as early as Wednesday, reports CNET . April gave birth over the weekend, and since then concerned viewers have flooded the park... More »

April the Giraffe Gives Birth. Finally

Nearly 2M people watched the livestreamed birth

(Newser) - After approximately 1,400 hours of livestreaming video, April the giraffe finally gave birth, the Washington Post reports. And nearly 2 million people spent their Saturday morning watching. According to USA Today , the 15-year-old giraffe at Animal Adventure Park in New York has been pregnant for 16 months and finally... More »

Woman Who Trolled Pregnant Giraffe Beats Giraffe to Actual Birth

Erin Dietrich went live again from the hospital

(Newser) - Apparently, spoofing a giraffe who seems like it may never give birth is a pretty good way to induce your own labor. Erin Dietrich, the South Carolina woman who went viral with her video impersonating April the pregnant giraffe , gave birth to a boy Wednesday night. She posted the announcement... More »

Internet Really Ready for Arrival of 150-Pound Baby

Baby giraffe, that is

(Newser) - After 15 months gestation, giraffes are born hooves first, weighing about 150 pounds. And the internet is really, really ready for April's baby to be born. Harpursville, New York's Animal Adventure Park's giraffe live stream has picked up steam on YouTube —minus a brief incident in... More »

Why Live-Stream of Pregnant Giraffe Got Yanked Off YouTube

It's back, but not before complaints of nudity and sexually explicit content

(Newser) - It was up, then it was taken down, now it's up again. A live cam trained on a pregnant giraffe at a New York animal center was taken offline by YouTube, but after an appeal, the stream is once again up and running, NBC4 reports. The controversy had swirled... More »

A Surprise 'Silent Extinction': Giraffes

IUCN report reveals 'devastating' decline of nearly 40% over past 30 years

(Newser) - No one used to pay much mind to the giraffes that roamed Africa. But new numbers from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature show a significant decline in their population over the past three decades and have conservationists worried that the elegant creature is falling victim to what... More »

3 Rare Giraffes Killed Over Their Tails

'What an absolute waste'

(Newser) - Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is home to elephants, rhinos, and giraffes—well, it used to be. Because of poaching, elephant numbers are dwindling, the rhinos are all gone, and the rare Kordofan giraffes may be headed that way. Just 2,000 of the giraffes... More »

Calif. Couple Jailed in Africa After Buying Souvenir

They were told the carved giraffe bone was legal

(Newser) - A California couple on safari in Africa bought a souvenir that ended up being far more expensive than they could have imagined. Jon and Linda Grant picked up the souvenir, a 15- to 18-inch giraffe bone onto which a herd of elephants had been carved, at a game reserve in... More »

Rare White Giraffe 'Alive and Well' in Tanzania Park

But the unique animal could be at risk from poachers

(Newser) - A rare 15-month-old white giraffe has made another appearance in Tanzania, leaving conservationists to hope poachers don't decide to go all Ahab on it, the Telegraph reports. According to USA Today , the unique giraffe was spotted as a calf last year in Tarangire National Park. It was seen again... More »

Baby Giraffe Dies in 'Horrific' Accident at Miami Zoo

Juvenile injured spinal cord when his head got stuck in a fence

(Newser) - Staff at Zoo Miami are mourning the loss of a juvenile giraffe that had to be put down Tuesday after the 7-month-old got his head stuck in a fence. Wesley the giraffe poked his head into a 10-inch gap in a chain link fence on Tuesday, toward where another giraffe... More »

Baby Giraffe Dies in California Zoo Accident

Ugh

(Newser) - A baby giraffe born at a Central California zoo last month has died after running into a fence in an exhibit. KFSN-TV reports that the male giraffe born Sept. 9 at the Chaffee Zoo died Sunday afternoon. It happened during a special preview event for the new African Adventure exhibit... More »

Scientists Uncover Clues About Giraffe's Long Neck

Evolutionary bursts occurred 7M and 1M years ago

(Newser) - In further proof that size matters, the giraffe likely developed a long neck so males could battle each other for mates. If you've ever seen a male giraffe whip its foes , you'll know the neck can be an nasty weapon, with the added benefit that giraffes can reach... More »

Cute Animal Alert: Baby Giraffe Born in Wisconsin

The 157-pound newborn appears happy and healthy

(Newser) - Cute baby animal alert: The Milwaukee County Zoo has a newborn giraffe, the zoo's first one since 2003. The not-so-little guy—157 pounds and 5-feet-9-inches tall—was born to first-time parents Ziggy and Bahatika and appears happy and healthy. Zoo officials have yet to pick a name for the... More »

Scientists Finally Know What Sound a Giraffe Makes

It's a low-frequency hum

(Newser) - What does the giraffe say? For decades it’s been a simple answer: nothing, except for a snort or grunt every now and then. Though giraffes have a voice box, one line of thought was that due to their long necks it was too difficult for the creatures to generate... More »

Famous Baby Giraffe Breaks Neck in Tragic Accident

Kipenzi broke her neck while 'scampering'

(Newser) - It's a bad week for animal lovers: First Cecil , then Nabire , now Kipenzi. The baby giraffe died in a "heartbreaking" accident at the Dallas Zoo last night. The zoo details what happened on Facebook : "As the giraffe herd was shifting inside for the night, Kipenzi began scampering... More »

Giraffes Are Silently Disappearing

Group says numbers have dropped 40% in 15 years

(Newser) - It's apparently time to start worrying about giraffes. While they don't get the attention of elephants or other high-profile animals on the brink, new numbers from a conservation group show a startling decline: The world had 140,000 giraffes in 1999, and it has 80,000 today. “... More »

Woman Hops in Giraffe Pen, Gets Kicked in the Face

Wally the giraffe was not overjoyed to see her

(Newser) - Police say a California woman was cited after climbing into the giraffe exhibit at a Madison zoo and getting kicked in the face. A police report says 24-year-old Amanda Hall, of San Luis Obispo, Calif., climbed over one fence and almost got over the second fence of the giraffe enclosure... More »

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