Como Zoo Welcomes 2 More Giraffes into Its Herd

Facebook Fans Will Have Opportunity to Vote for Name of New Baby

On the heels (or hooves) of baby Howie’s birth on August 3rd to mother Daisy, Clover, the other female giraffe at Como Zoo, gave birth to a female on September 20th. But that’s not all. Como Zoo also welcomed Skeeter, a 1 year, 3 month old male from the Jacksonville Zoo into its herd in the past month. Within 48 days, Como Zoo went from two to five giraffes.

The yet-to-be named female weighed 153 pounds and stood 5’ 3” at birth. She is the 4th calf born to mom, Clover and the 14th giraffe birth at Como in the last 17 years. The honor of naming the new baby female giraffe will go to the nearly 20,000 Facebook fans of Como Park Zoo & Conservatory. Five names will be presented to Facebook fans and they will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite. The five names are: Lance, Cordell, Jahari Jr. (JJ), Serengetti & Skinny. “We look at our Facebook and Twitter fans and followers as everyday cyber guests; checking in to find out the latest news or perhaps sharing their stories and photos on our social media sites” commented Michelle Furrer, Como Park Zoo & Conservatory Campus Manager. “This is just another fun way to connect with the public.”  Voting ends Friday, October 22nd at noon Central Time.

Como’s current herd consists of Skeeter, Daisy, Howie, Clover and the yet-to-be-named female.

The giraffe is the tallest of all land-living animal species.  They can be as tall as 18 feet tall and have a prehensile (used for grasping) tongue as long as 18 inches.  During the first two years of a giraffe’s life, it doubles it height and can be over 12-feet tall.  Giraffe gestation lasts between 14 and 15 months, after which a single calf is born.  Like human fingerprints, the markings or spots of a giraffe’s coat are unique to each individual.  Reticulated giraffes are native to the dry savannahs and open woodlands of sub-Saharan Africa.

The giraffe is available for sponsorship. Sponsoring an animal is a unique way to help Como Zoo with its wildlife conservation efforts. Donations support enhanced habitats and efforts to maintain the best care possible for the animals at Como Zoo.



Como Park Zoo and Conservatory Background

For over 100 years, Marjorie McNeely Conservatory and Como Zoo in Saint Paul, Minnesota has charmed, educated and entertained millions of children and adults while fostering an appreciation of the natural world, helping to make Saint Paul the Most Livable City in America.  The Como Park Zoo and Conservatory is open 365 days; 10am-6pm from April 1-October 1 and 10am-4pm from October 2-March 31. Admission to both the Como Zoo and Marjorie McNeely Conservatory is always free and a voluntary donation is appreciated. For more information, visit