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Curious baby giraffe makes friends with zebra

5th July 2017

Categories: Latest News

Cute calf ‘Gus’ born at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm pictured nuzzling Zebedee the zebra

 

A popular baby giraffe has been spotted cosying up to an inquisitive zebra at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm in Bristol, with the pair exchanging licks and nuzzles.

 

Cute Gus, born last month at the 100 acre wildlife park was a huge hit online, the film of his birth published by the zoo being watched over 60,000 times on Facebook. After a few weeks settling in, Gus has been quick to explore his outdoor field – including his neighbour, bachelor Chapmans Zebra ‘Zebedee’.

 

In an interesting twist, Gus’s late father Gerald (a celebrity himself known internationally from global news coverage of his unlikely bachelor friendship with Eddie the goat and his international quest for love) was friends with Zebedee from his younger years at the zoo, and the friendship now seems to have passed to Gerald’s son.

 

Giraffes are a protected species of conservation concern classified as ‘Vulnerable’ by the IUCN, under more threat than many people realise. Wild populations are suffering from a continuing decline, with 97,500 estimated in Africa in 2015. Since 1985 the total giraffe population has fallen by 35%.

 

After the sad passing of older male Gerald earlier this year, the family of three giraffes at Noah’s Ark has become 4 again; Gus is now a sibling to brothers George, 4 and Geoffrey, 2.

 

Home to a diverse range of animals including elephants, big cats, rhinos and bears, Noah’s Ark is no stranger to exotic births and unusual animal friendships – the park has seen the successful breeding of 4 endangered Siamang gibbons in the past 4 years.

 

More information on the park can be found at www.noahsarkzoofarm.co.uk

 

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm is open Monday – Saturday 10:30am – 5pm.

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