Six-foot bundle of joy


Zookeepers are celebrating the birth of a giant in April – after welcoming a baby giraffe to the herd at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. 

The reticulated giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata) was born to first time mum Luna and dad Bashu at midday on Friday 26 April and has been named Khari, which means ‘King-like’ in Swahili, because of his regal-looking ossicones - the tiny crown-like horns on a giraffe’s head.


Born as part of the European Breeding Programme (EEP) for the Endangered species, the adorable calf already stands head and shoulders above most of the residents at the UK’s largest zoo – hovering at almost six-feet tall.

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