Baby giraffe — Camilla — set for public debut

Friday, June 22, 2012 at 3:31pm
Staff reports
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Camilla and mom Margarita (Photo by Amiee Stubbs)  

Camilla, Nashville Zoo’s 3-week-old Masai giraffe, is expected to make her public debut Saturday, June 23.

The young calf — born Sunday, June 10, to 7-year-old Masai giraffe Margarita — is scheduled to be on exhibit from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the African Savannah with the Zoo’s other female giraffes, Margarita and Layla.

“Camilla made a brief appearance on exhibit this morning so we could get her acclimated to the habitat,” said Kate Cortelyou, lead giraffe keeper. “Everything went very well, so we are excited for guests to officially meet her on Saturday.”

Camilla weighs 185 pounds and stands 6 feet 2 inches tall. The zoo plans to alternate the three females on exhibit with male giraffe Congo, who has not been introduced to the baby yet.

“Congo is very interested in the baby, but due to the huge size difference, we are holding on introducing the two until she gets bigger,” said Cortelyou.

Camilla was named by philanthropist Maggi (Margaret) Turner, after whom Margarita is named, in honor of Turner’s niece, Camille. Margaret was instrumental in bringing giraffes to the Nashville Zoo and generously contributed to the “Stick Your Neck Out” campaign that raised funds to build the giraffe facility.

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