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Herd the news? ABQ BioPark welcomes its second baby giraffe born this year

Camilla licks her new daughter, Sandi, who was born on Friday and is the second reticulated giraffe born at the ABQ BioPark this year. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

Sandi, a reticulated giraffe, was born Friday at the ABQ BioPark Zoo to mother Camilla. (Courtesy of New Mexico BioPark Society)

Things are looking up in the giraffe exhibit at the ABQ BioPark Zoo, which just welcomed the birth of its second calf of 2019.

bright spotTen-year-old Camilla welcomed a healthy female calf early Friday. Father giraffe Buccaneer has previously sired seven offspring as part of the zoo’s successful Species Survival Plan.

The new baby has been named Sandi.

Camilla licks her new daughter, Sandi, who was born on Friday and is the second reticulated giraffe born at the ABQ BioPark this year. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

Camilla licks her new daughter, Sandi, who was born on Friday and is the second reticulated giraffe born at the ABQ BioPark this year. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

Camilla previously gave birth to a female named Malika in October 2017, who has since joined a new herd at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo in Nebraska.

“We are proud to have such a healthy giraffe herd and strong giraffe program at the ABQ BioPark,” said Erin Flynn, ABQ BioPark mammal curator.

Zoo staff monitored the birth, and provided heaters to keep Camilla and her newborn warm and comfortable.

The baby already has in-and-out access to the giraffe yard.

In January, a male giraffe named Neelix was born at the BioPark Zoo to first-time mother, Niara. Neelix’s father, Kumi, was born at the BioPark Zoo in 2015 and is now with a herd at the Binder Park Zoo in Michigan.

With this newest giraffe addition, the BioPark Zoo’s giraffe herd numbers six: two males and four females.

“We are very excited to welcome a new member of our reticulated giraffe herd, and to be able to share with our guests the experience of watching our new arrival and Neelix growing up together,” Flynn said.

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