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Dave the Giraffe

Our newest giraffe, Dave, is in quarantine at the giraffe barn. He has access to the indoor and outdoor barn area while the rest of the herd hangs out on the savanna. Dave will be off-view during this initial quarantine period. While visitors can’t see him just yet, the other giraffes have visual contact with him and they are all showing quite a bit of interest in each other. We’ll be sure to announce when he’s ready to debut on the savanna, but you can sneak a peek at what he is up in the meantime. 2-year-old Dave came to us a few weeks ago from Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo, you can read more about his arrival at Woodland Park Zoo here.

All eyes on the giraffe calf

Keep an eye on the tallest baby in town with Woodland Park Zoo’s giraffe barn cam. Born August 6 to mom Olivia, this male giraffe calf, named Misawa, came into the world at 6 feet tall and grows taller every day! We're taking a peek inside a portion of the indoor barn built especially for the giraffes at Woodland Park Zoo (think very tall doors!). The family also has access to other parts of the barn not seen by the camera, including an outdoor area. As the weather warms and the rain subsides, the calf will begin to spend more time on the grasslands of the zoo's African Savanna exhibit, which also includes zebra, gazelle, oryx and ostrich.

Best times to watch:

  • The cam is located inside the giraffe barn. You are most likely to see the calf and mom inside the barn in the morning and evening when they are resting
  • The young family has access to an outdoor area adjacent to their barn starting around 11:00 a.m. each day; viewing from the cam may be sporadic throughout the afternoon, as the calf and mom can choose to be indoors or outdoors.
  • The cam operates between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. daily and is equipped with night vision


Highlights from the web cam

The giraffe calf won't always be on cam, but you can always enjoy this video of highlights from the web cam. If you don't see the giraffe in the live feed above, be sure to tune back in and use our "Best times to watch" suggestions to increase your chances of seeing the young family.

Recorded video highlights from the web cam (not live)

About this birth

After a one-and-a-half-hour labor, Rothschild’s giraffe Olivia gave birth to our newest, not-so-little one on August 6, 2013 at 7:03 p.m. Within an hour and a half after the birth, the calf was on its feet and standing. Watch scenes from the birth and those precious first moments:


This birth marks a significant addition for Woodland Park Zoo and to the Species Survival Plan (SSP) for this species. Olivia was paired with her late mate, Chioke, under a breeding recommendation made by the Giraffe SSP, a conservation breeding program overseen by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. Led by experts in husbandry, nutrition, veterinary care, behavior, and genetics, SSPs manage populations in North America to maximize their genetic and demographic diversity with the goal of ensuring their long-term survival. SSPs also involve a variety of other collaborative conservation activities such as research, public education, reintroduction and field projects.


Protecting giraffes in the wild

With their towering height and big, wide-set searching eyes, giraffes act as the lookout for savanna wildlife in their native Africa. But now it’s our turn to look out for them. The population of giraffes has declined by more than 40% over the past 15 years with current estimates of only 80,000 individuals remaining in Africa. Among the nine subspecies of giraffes, the West African and Rothschild’s are endangered, with fewer than 200 and more than 500, respectively, remaining in the wild. Giraffes face a number of threats including poaching, habitat loss in their feeding ranges, and the soaring human population growth.

People can help preserve these towering animals and their wild places by taking action at home in their everyday lives. Discover a variety of steps to take at home and the workplace that positively impact our planet.


Adopt a giraffe

You can also directly fund the care of giraffes and other animals at the zoo by becoming a giraffe ZooParent today, and $5 of your adoption will go straight to our field conservation efforts around the world.



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