Baby giraffe Sophia at Australia Zoo.
Baby giraffe Sophia at Australia Zoo. John McCutcheon

Giraffe's birth vital to regaining numbers

STANDING just over 2m tall, Sophie is the most recent addition to the Australia Zoo family.

The six-week-old giraffe calf, who was born at the zoo, has just been introduced to her new home on the African Savannah.

 

Baby giraffe Sophia at Australia Zoo.
Baby giraffe Sophia at Australia Zoo. John McCutcheon

But the part she will play is so much more significant for her family.

Giraffe keeper Kat Hansen said every giraffe birth was vital to help their wild counterparts.

"Sophie being born here at the zoo is an extremely exciting event for us with numbers drastically decreasing out in the wild," Kat said.

 

Baby giraffe Sophia at Australia Zoo.
Baby giraffe Sophia at Australia Zoo. John McCutcheon

"You are looking at about a 40 per cent decline over the last 30 years for giraffes.

"They have just been re-classed as vulnerable to extinction with less than 100,000 left in the wild."

 

Baby giraffe Sophia at Australia Zoo.
Baby giraffe Sophia at Australia Zoo. John McCutcheon

When Sophie is of age she will be moved to another zoo to take part in the breeding program.

Meanwhile visitors can enjoy watching Sophie and the other eight giraffes at Australia Zoo.