A baby male giraffe was born on Sunday, November 2, at the Dallas Zoo. He weighs 120 pounds and is 6 feet tall. First-time mother Chrystal, 6-years-old, is doing well. The father is Tebogo, one of the zoo’s most popular residents. There are now 12 giraffes at the zoo, one of the largest heard in the nation (seven males, five females).
The newborn calf is a reticulated giraffe, a species with fewer than 4,700 left in the wild, according to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation. To raise money for conservation efforts, the Dallas Zoo sold the naming rights for the baby giraffe for $50,000.