UPDATE: Dolly is still doing well, and now spends time outdoors! Zoo visitors can view her at the giraffe habitat, weather permitting. She is generally outside until about 4pm.

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We are excited to announce the birth a female giraffe! Dolly was 6 feet tall at the time of her birth on July 21st, so she is the largest female baby giraffe ever born at Southwick’s Zoo.


Dolly’s mother, Molly, did not produce a sufficient amount of milk, so Dolly is currently being bottle fed. Giraffes are not born with an immune system, so it is very important that they ingest colostrum within a few hours of birth. Colostrum is the nutrient-rich milk produced by the mother immediately after delivery.

We are hoping to reintroduce her to the herd in a few weeks, so keep an eye out for updates!