Riverbanks Zoo Announces Baby Number Two

For Immediate Release: August 23, 2011

Giraffe Herd Now a ‘Full House’ Following Second Birth This Summer

[Columbia, SC] - Riverbanks Zoo and Garden now has a full house—of giraffes, that is—following the birth of calf number two on July 27.

The now four-week-old giraffe was the second born at Riverbanks in July (the other on July 11), bringing the Zoo’s herd to 8 members strong. There have been 6 giraffe births at Riverbanks since February 2009.

"In recent years, the Zoo’s mammal department has put a lot of effort into increasing the number of giraffes that reside at Riverbanks,” said John Davis, curator of mammals. "Now that we have a full house, we will refocus our attention on maintaining that large number here at the Zoo.”

The newest calf, named Calvin by his keepers, weighed 134 pounds at birth and is the second born to parents Charlie and Krissy. Their first, Vivian B., now resides at Peoria Zoo—an AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) accredited zoo in Illinois.

Visitors to Riverbanks can now see Calvin daily – along with Lennard (the older calf) – in the Zoo’s African Savanna exhibit.

Guests looking for a special deal and the chance to check out these adorable calves can double their fun by visiting the Zoo on a Toucan Tuesday! But hurry, today is just one of two remaining Tuesdays to receive buy-one, get-one free admission with a donation of two cans of food to Harvest Hope Food Bank. The promotion ends August 30.

PR Department: 803.602.0840

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