WBEZ | giraffes http://www.wbez.org/tags/giraffes Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Baby giraffe makes debut at Brookfield Zoo http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/baby-giraffe-makes-debut-brookfield-zoo-103981 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/baby%20giraffe%202.jpg" style="height: 930px; width: 620px;" title="(Courtesy of the Brookfield Zoo)" /></div><p>A baby giraffe has made his debut at Brookfield Zoo in suburban Chicago.</p><p>Zoo officials say the baby boy was born Nov. 12 but didn&#39;t go on public display until Wednesday. His mother is five-year-old Arnieta and his father is four-year-old Hasani. The baby boy weighs 140 pounds and is six feet, two inches tall.</p><p>The baby is the 58th giraffe born at Brookfield Zoo. Zoo officials say it&#39;s an important birth because he is the first offspring for Arnieta and Hasani. Hasani arrived at Brookfield Zoo in 2010 and is on a breeding loan from Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City, Kan.</p><p>Giraffes give birth standing up after 14 1/2-month-long gestation period.</p><p>When fully grown, the baby could potentially be 18 to 19 feet tall.</p></p> Thu, 22 Nov 2012 08:16:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/baby-giraffe-makes-debut-brookfield-zoo-103981