« No animal has a body as towering or extraordinary as that of the giraffe! »
To live happily, live together
Solidarity is at the group’s core
The giraffe is a very social animal, living in groups of 5 to 6 individuals in the African savannah. Community living enables predators to be spotted and their attacks to be defended against, but in the case of the giraffe, this is not the only advantage… When a female gives birth to a calf, the whole group will take care of it and protect it, especially during times when the mother is less available; for example, when she heads to the nearest water hole. A sort of nursery may therefore take shape, with a few females taking care of all the new-borns within the group.
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Kimia, our giraffe calf
The first few outings
Kimia sets off on her first few outings on the great plain of the African Savannah! In order to gradually get her used to this new space, she spent 2 hours a day there, along with her mother and the rest of the giraffe group. Around 10 a.m., the giraffes then made way for the African Savannah’s other animals.
Beauval Nature supports the monitoring of giraffes
The giraffe, one of the most charismatic species in Africa, suffered a drastic population decline at the start of the 21st century.
This species is threatened by illegal hunting and agricultural development due to population growth in Africa. The Giraffe Conservation Foundation, with the support of Beauval Nature, works to develop monitoring programmes that are provided by government organisations.
The programme aims to study giraffes in their natural environment by fitting them with radio collars in order to study their movement, social interactions, and ecology.
The first giraffes were housed at the ZooParc de Beauval in 1999.
The current group is made up of 4 young females and a 7-year-old male.
The group is relatively young and had their first baby (Kimia, female) in July 2019, the second (Melman, male) in July 2021 and finally Maïwenn (male) in February 2022.
Learn more about the species