Nashville Zoo welcomes new giraffe

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 1:40pm
Staff reports
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Layla (Christian Sperka)  

The Nashville Zoo is the new home for an 18-month-old female giraffe named Layla.

Layla came to Nashville from the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas, and is Nashville’s first reticulated giraffe, a sub-species known for its distinctive skin patterns and bright orange spots, according to a press release from the zoo.

Reticulated giraffes are native to eastern Africa, and it is estimated that there are fewer than 5,000 in the wild.

The young Layla weighs more than 590 pounds and is 9 feet tall, which is considerably smaller than Margarita, a Masai giraffe, who weighs 1,860 pounds and is more than 14 feet tall.

“Layla has been a welcome addition to our collection,” said Connie Philipp, director of animal collections at Nashville Zoo. “She is a very spunky and curious. Being hand-raised has made her very interested in what we do all day.”

1 Comment on this post:

By: shef2 on 1/25/12 at 7:10

Lionel & I are so very GLAD that Gladys has joined our Zoo-!
Welcome to Nashville, Gladys-!