Memphis Zoo welcomes baby giraffe named Wakati

(Courtesy of: Memphis Zoo)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WATE) – The Memphis Zoo welcomed the arrival of a baby giraffe last week.

The male, named Wakati, was born Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. He is the second giraffe born at the zoo in the past three months.

Wakati is the son of Wendy and Niklas.

“We are thrilled to welcome Wakati to our giraffe family as we’ve been waiting awhile for this new baby,” shared Courtney Janney, area curator.

The giraffe’s name means “time” in Swahili.

“Wakati’s neonatal exam went great! He looks strong and healthy,” said Dr. Felicia Knightly, senior veterinarian at Memphis Zoo Animal Hospital.

The baby is 5-feet-10-inches tall and weighs 125 pounds.

Another female giraffe has been helping take care of Wakati. The zoo says Angela Kate was in the yard when Wakati took his first steps. She has been staying close by Wendy and her son in order to help.

There are now nine giraffes at the Memphis Zoo. There has been at least one giraffe birth at the zoo since 2006. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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