The Greenville Zoo has verified the pregnancy of their 13-year-old giraffe, Autumn. The zoo expects her to give birth this July.
Autumn was born at Franklin Park Zoo in Boston. She was moved to the Greenville Zoo in July 2007 as part of a breeding loan. This will be her fifth pregnancy.
The father of her fifth calf, Miles, was born at the Houston Zoo in 2009, and was transferred to the Greenville Zoo in September 2016 as part of the breeding program.
The giraffes at the Greenville Zoo are part of the Species Survival Program, a cooperative breeding program extending through several accredited institutions.
In addition to participating in the breeding program, the Greenville Zoo has donated $6,687 to giraffe conservation.
This will be the first time Autumn will have one of her previous offspring present at the birth. Autumn’s last calf, Kiden, was born Jan. 31, 2018, and has yet to be moved to a new facility. “Every birth is special and unique and with Kiden remaining, this will be the first time that Autumn gives birth with her previous offspring still in tow,” said Greenville Zoo Administrator Jeff Bullock. “We are closely monitoring Autumn’s condition, which appears to be progressing well, so now we just wait and watch.”
Additionally, the Greenville Zoo is providing access to a webcam, in the hopes that the public can witness Autumn’s delivery.