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New Baby Giraffe At Dickerson Park Zoo

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New Baby Giraffe At Dickerson Park Zoo

By Jason Rima. CREATED Aug 19, 2014

There's a new baby giraffe at Springfield's Dickerson Park Zoo.

The giraffe was born Monday night.  

He doesn't have a name yet.

You can see him and his mother Emma at the zoo. 


Here's the release from the Dickerson Park Zoo:


A giraffe was born at approximately 6 p.m., Monday, at Dickerson Park Zoo.

The calf is yet unnamed, but the zoo’s veterinarian confirmed it is male.

The mother, Emma, is 9 years old, and this is her second calf.

Emma was born at Dickerson Park Zoo in June 2005.

Her mother, Gidget, is the oldest giraffe in the zoo’s herd.

This is the sixth calf sired by Peperuka, the zoo’s breeding male.

Peperuka came to Dickerson Park Zoo in 2011.

Guests can view Emma and her calf in the exhibit yard along with giraffes Gidget, Cheka, and four juveniles (Pammy J, Caley, Mili and Anna Belle).

For now, Peperuka is in a separate yard but still visible to the public.

Dickerson Park Zoo is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the end of September.

The elevated viewing/feeding deck at the giraffe yard is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit the zoo online at, or call the zoo’s information hotline, 417-864-1800.

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