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Tuli the Baby Giraffe is latest “Zoo-born Newborn” on exhibit

The Toledo Zoo’s female giraffe calf born July 23 has been named Tuli, a Swahili word meaning “calm or serene one.” The name matches her shy, quiet demeanor.

 “Mother and calf continue to do well, and we’re grateful for visitors’ interest in seeing them on exhibit,” said Dr. Randi Meyerson, curator of mammals. “Tuli’s mother, Elvira, is showing strong maternal instinct and being an excellent mother. We’re limiting the time they spend on public exhibit to ensure the well-being of both animals.”

When Tuli was born, she stood six feet tall and weighed about 160 pounds at birth. The fifth member of the Zoo’s giraffe herd, she joins her older brother, Enzi, along with her father, Mowgli, and an unrelated female, Charlotte, on exhibit.

All five giraffe are Masai giraffe, the tallest animals on the planet, standing an average of 16 to 18 feet when fully grown. Despite their size, giraffe can run at speeds up to 35 mph. They can be identified by their irregularly shaped spots, which are as unique and identifiable as human fingerprints.

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