Photo Courtesy of Dr. Mark Penning's Instagram
Photo Courtesy of Dr. Mark Penning's Instagram

Baby Giraffes Maple and Zella to Join Family at the Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom will soon have two new giraffe calves running around for guests to enjoy!

Maple and Zella, who were born just months ago, are now mature enough to join their family in the savannah.

Dr. Mark Penning posted the following updated on his Instagram:

It was an exciting morning at Kilimanjaro Safaris as giraffe calves, Maple and Zella, joined our family of Masai giraffes on savanna at @Disney’s Animal Kingdom. 🦒

Born just a couple of months ago, these two have spent a lot of time bonding backstage with their moms Mara and Willow, but this morning they joined the rest of the tower (family of giraffes) and were greeted by a few friendly neighbors, including zebra, wildebeest and springbok. The two baby besties took their time exploring their surroundings, staying near their moms and aunts, but also running around with the older “kids.”

#DidYouKnow that Maple’s name was chosen because keepers noticed one of the spots on her skin resembles a maple leaf? Also, Zella’s name means “beautiful girl, who knows the path,” in Slavic and African languages.

These calves will start spending more time on the savanna in the coming days, so be on the lookout to see if you can spot them on your next safari adventure!

Photo Courtesy of Dr. Mark Penning's Instagram
Photo Courtesy of Dr. Mark Penning’s Instagram

Excited to see baby giraffes at Animal Kingdom?