Baby Giraffe Aella Debuts at Animal Kingdom

New wildlife roaming throughout Animal Kingdom’s savanna.

Aella, a two-month-old Masai giraffe calf is now roaming the Kilimanjaro Safaris terrain.

Born on June 29, Aella was more than five-feet-tall at birth. Prior to her debut, Aella spent time bonding and nursing with her mom Lily backstage.

Aella will nurse for roughly one year, before transitioning to vegetation around the savanna.

Aella is the first baby between Lily and George, who were both chosen to breed through the Species Survival Plan. The SSP is the same nationwide program Animal Kingdom used to breed Sumatran tigers that can now be seen along the Majarah Jungle Trek.

The Masai giraffe is listed as a “vulnerable” species found in Kenya and Tanzania. There are believed to be roughly 32,000 Masai giraffes left in the wild, and their population continues to decline due to poaching and habitat loss.

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