LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., April 25, 2007- The Walt Disney World® Resort’s Animal Programs team welcomed a 6-foot-1 inch, 151-pound bundle of joy at Disney’s Animal Kingdom®. Nikki, a 10-year-old giraffe, gave birth to a healthy baby girl Monday, March 26. The calf, named Rori (ROAR-ee), was Nikki’s first and both the calf and Nikki are doing great and are expected to rejoin their herd on the savannah at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in the next few weeks.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom currently is home to six giraffes, including Rori, our most recent addition. This was the fifth giraffe birth at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, but the sixth overall at the Walt Disney World Resort. In November 2005, the first giraffe at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge gave birth to a healthy female calf.
Nikki became pregnant through natural breeding in the winter of 2005. A normal gestational period for a giraffe is 15 months. Giraffes at the Walt Disney World Resort are bred through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Population Management Plan, which is a consortium of zoos and wildlife parks working together to conserve and breed animals.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge are accredited by the AZA. With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Vice President, Dr. Beth Stevens, is the AZA immediate past president.