Baby giraffe born at GWC

Published 4:25 am Saturday, August 5, 2017

The Global Wildlife Center recently welcomed the newest member of its animal family.

Kamelia, a baby giraffe, was born to her mother Kameel on Sunday, July 30, at 9:30 p.m. GWC staff said that Kameel, an experienced mother, has taken well to her calf. They also said that Kamelia is learning her surroundings and has been adjusting well to her new 900-acre home.

Kamelia was named after her mother Kameel. Kameel turned 24 years old on June 13. This makes Kameel the oldest giraffe at Global Wildlife Center. Reticulated giraffes live to be about 25 years in the wild and have been known to live longer in captivity.

All of Global Wildlife Center’s giraffes give birth naturally on the preserve.

“The expecting mothers will let our animal care team know when it’s time to birth their young by excluding themselves from their herd,” said GWC public relations spokesperson Brittany Thomas. “This process of natural birthing in a free roaming environment is much less stressful for the animals, and allows the best outcome for their young. Within minutes of birth the baby will stand and nurse from their mother.”

For more information on Kamelia, or how to can get up close and personal with the GWC’s giraffe family, call 985-624-WILD or visit online at