Fall in Love with Sierra the Baby Giraffe at Great Adventure[Photo Gallery]
Did you recently drive-thru the Wild Safari Drive-Thru and notice the adorable baby giraffes? It's the baby-boom giraffe season at Great Adventure.
There were four baby giraffes born this year at Six Flags Great Adventure. The calf, named “Sierra,” was born on June 2, 2020 and recently ventured into the Wilde Plains section of the safari for the first time. If you've been lucky enough to see a baby giraffe walk across the street while you're driving by, you will fall in love. Led by her mother, Muraya, she joined the other young giraffes in this “baby boom”—Phyllis, Embu, and Soda—and encountered 10 different species of African animals, including white bearded gnu (also known as blue wildebeest), eland, and blackbuck.
A couple of fun facts about how giraffes measure up, thanks to Six Flags:
· Taller than traditional double-decker buses
· Two times taller than ostriches
· Two times taller than the world’s tallest man, Robert Wadlow
· Two and a half times taller than the average Christmas tree
· Two and a half times taller than superstar basketball player Shaquille O’Neal
· Taller than three stacked refrigerators
· Taller than 14 stacked bowling pins.
****And they have babies.
“Sierra is over 200 pounds and will likely grow to be 1,500 pounds."
The calves are all reticulated giraffe, also called Somali giraffe, which are native to northeastern Kenya, southern Ethiopia, and Somalia.
“Reticulated giraffes have distinctive coat patterns featuring red-brown patches divided by thin white lines. Their spots are unique like a fingerprint, which is how we can tell them apart a veterinarian of Six Flags says. Also he adds some other great facts I didn't know:
A group of giraffes is called a “tower”.
Giraffes can stand and walk within an hour of their birth—they even sleep and give birth standing.
Giraffes have seven vertebrae in their extremely long necks, which is the same amount of vertebrae humans have in their necks.
Their tongues can be 18 inches long to help reach tree leaves.
So cool, thanks Six Flags for the giraffe facts. Hopefully you'll be able to check out Sierra and the other babies born there this year at Six Flags Great Adventure.
For information about Wild Safari Drive-Thru, click here.