Another giraffe born at Prague Zoo

Two giraffes, born weeks apart, have the same father but different mothers

Prague Zoo announced the birth of another giraffe, the second this year. The new baby, which has not yet been named, is the offspring of mother Eliška and father Johan, who was born in the Netherlands. The baby was born Feb. 13, and the event was captured on video that has been shared on the Prague Zoo Facebook page at www.facebook.com/zoopraha.

This is the the 84th giraffe born at Prague Zoo.

The gender of the newborn has not yet been specified, and it is not yet on display to the public.

Eliška is 24 years old, and Johan is 29. Eliška last gave birth in 2016 to a giraffe named Anna.

Johan was also the father of a giraffe tentatively called Modelka, who was born Jan. 25, with Swiss-born Faraa as a mother.

Modelka, according to a previous announcement, will get her official name on Feb. 17. She so far loves to pose for camera.

Once the new giraffe's gender is known, it will be named according to a set procedure, though no date has been announced. It should be in the coming weeks.

Breeders look into the calendar a week before and a week after the birth of a giraffe, and from the names that are offered they chose the one they like most.

In other news, the zoo announced that the baby elephant Max, born March 5, 2016, now weighs over a ton for the first time.

Other births that have already occurred at the zoo in 2019 include two West African siatungs, a type of small and colorful swamp-dwelling antelope, a Chacoan mara, a type of rodent from South America, a lechwe, which is another type of antelope, and an olive-brown lory, a type of parrot. The first birth of the year was an Indian takin.

The zoo this year will be doing more to support endangered species. From every entry fee, Kč 3 will go to projects, as opposed to the previous Kč 2.

Prague Zoo in 2018 saw some 1.4 million visitors, the third-highest level ever. Still, this was an unexpected success due to the high summer temperatures and the absence of the Stromovka footbridge, which collapsed at the end of 2017.

The zoo was once again rated fifth-best in the world by the travel website TripAdvisor, based on user reviews. It had been ranked as high as fourth in 2015.

The zoo was also successful in breeding last year with 1,340 babies from 219 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.

Prague Zoo currently covers 58 hectares with 50 hectares used for exhibits. It has over 4,700 animals from 681 species, including 144 species listed as threatened. The zoo has 12 pavilions and over 150 exhibits. The zoo opened on Sept. 28, 1931.

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