ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park’s newest resident is a healthy, long-legged Masai giraffe calf.
The theme park said the baby boy, born June 10, is nearly 6 feet tall and weighs in at 183 pounds.
“He’s a special guy with a unique butterfly marking over his right shoulder and heart-shaped markings dotting his coat,” officials said in a news release announcing his birth.
The theme park said giraffes are a vulnerable species facing extinction in the wild, with a population decline of 40% over the past 30 years.
The park said there are roughly 35,000 Masai giraffes left in the wild, and their population continues to decline due to poaching and habitat destruction.