A new baby giraffe was unveiled today at Fota Wildlide Park. The calf who was born the week before Christmas was named Cuileann, which is the Irish for Holly. She is the tenth calf by mother Roisin and is the third giraffe to be born at the park in the last five months, bringing the Giraffe herd at Fota Wildlife Park up to 11.
Roisin who is one of the oldest giraffes in the park, carried Cuileann for 15 months and like all giraffe mothers gave birth to Cuileann whilst standing successfully despite her mature age!
All giraffe’s at Fota Wildlife Park are Rothschild. This type is taller than any other sub species which makes it the tallest land animal in the world. Males of this kind can reach a height of 5.9m.
Reminder: Fota Wildlife Park is open throughout the Christmas period until 4.30pm each day. There are also special festive activities for kids at their Education complex every day until the 6th of January.