TAMPA, Fla. -- The baby boom continues at Busch Gardens in Tampa, and just in time for Mother’s Day, with the births of a Southern tamandua and three reticulated giraffes.
· Born on April 13, 2014.
· Tamanduas, or lesser anteaters, are native to Central and South America.
· Tamanduas have a gestation period of approximately six months.
· When a baby tamandua, or pup, is born, it typically spends several months riding on the mother’s back.
· Both the mother and the pup, which has not been named, are behind-the-scenes with Busch Gardens’ animal care team.
· The three babies were born March 12, 14 and 18 to mothers Bititi, Tequiza and Celina.
· There were two females and one male born.
· At birth, the females stood at 5 feet 6 inches and weighed more than 100 lbs. The male stood at more than 6 feet tall and weighed nearly 150 lbs.
· Within an hour of birth, the calves were standing and within two hours they were nursing.
· None of the calves have been named yet.
· Giraffes are the tallest mammal on Earth, with males standing close to 18 feet tall and females close to 16 feet tall.
· The gestation period for a giraffe is between 14-15 months, and the female gives birth while standing.
· All three calves are currently behind-the-scenes and will be on Busch Gardens’ Serengeti Plain in the coming weeks.