COLUMBUS, Ohio — The father of the brand new male Masai giraffe calf, Enzi was humanely euthanized on Sept 23. 2021 making the arrival of the calf at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium extra special.
The mother, Zuri, who is 12 years old, has been at the Columbus Zoo since 2013. The pairing of Zuri and Enzi was recommended by the Species Survival Plan® (SSP), a program coordinated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to maintain genetic diversity of threatened and endangered species in human care. Calves are born after a gestation period of approximately 15 months, the Columbus Zoo said in a press release.