Nashville Zoo’s Nasha the giraffe is going to be a mom and you’re all invited to witness this miracle!
On January 8th, zookeepers said they have noticed she has started producing milk, which is a sign that she is preparing for delivery. Other signs include: increased movement, increased urination, stops eating, tail sticks straight out, and looks uncomfortable overall.
Check-in on Nasha around the clock with the three News 2 Nashville Zoo Baby Giraffe Cameras below as we wait to meet Middle Tennessee’s newest member to the zoo!
Scroll down for more giraffe facts!
- Nasha is a 6-year-old Masai giraffe
- This is her first calf
- The gestation period for a giraffe is 15 months so she’s been pregnant since the Fall of 2019
- The veterinary team conducts ultrasounds on Nasha monthly to track the calf’s heart rate and growth
- The newborn calf will likely be standing within an hour after birth
- Nasha shares the giraffe barn with Congo, a 16-year-old male, and Tazama, a 3-year-old female
- There are 4 distinct species of giraffe with several subspecies
- Masai giraffes are native to the central east area of Africa in Tanzania, Kenya, and Zambia
- All giraffe species are endangered with about 111,000 left in the wild
- Nashville Zoo contributes to the conservation of giraffes by financially supporting the Garissa Giraffe Project and the Giraffe Conservation Fund
- Nashville Zoo also participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan for Masai giraffe, a program that maintains a healthy and self-sustaining captive population that is both genetically diverse and demographically stable.