Israel: Newborn Giraffes in Jerusalem Zoo
Jerusalem, Israel. 24th March, 2016. Father, Rio, strategically places himself between visitors and his newly enlarged family as the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo welcomes two newborn South African giraffe calves (Giraffa camelopardalis giraffa) into the African animals enclosure open for public viewing. Adis, male, two weeks old, was born to mother Akea, and Rotem, female, one month old, was born to mother Yasmin. The calves are second generation Jerusalem born to grandparents purchased in an auction from South Africa. Rio, male, fathered both calves.