Updated:TAMPA, Fla. —
The baby boom continues this spring, and just in time for Mother’s Day, at Busch Gardens® Tampa with the births of a Southern tamandua and three reticulated giraffes.
- Born on April 13, 2014.
- Tamanduas, or lesser anteaters, are native to Central and South America.
- Tamanduas have a gestation period of approximately six months.
- When a baby tamandua, or pup, is born, it typically spends several months riding on the mother’s back.
- Both the mother and the pup, which has not been named, are behind-the-scenes with Busch Gardens’ animal care team.
- The three babies were born March 12, 14 and 18 to mothers Bititi, Tequiza and Celina.
- There were two females and one male born.
- At birth, the females stood at 5 feet 6 inches and weighed more than 100 lbs. The male stood at more than 6 feet tall and weighed nearly 150 lbs.
- Within an hour of birth, the calves were standing and within two hours they were nursing.
- None of the calves have been named yet.
- Giraffes are the tallest mammal on Earth, with males standing close to 18 feet tall and females close to 16 feet tall.
- The gestation period for a giraffe is between 14-15 months, and the female gives birth while standing.
- All three calves are currently behind-the-scenes and will be on Busch Gardens’ Serengeti Plain® in the coming weeks.
» IMAGE GALLERY: Spring Baby Boom at Busch Gardens
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