The Indianapolis Zoo is welcoming a 1-year-old female giraffe from the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.
Kita was born in Fort Wayne on August 6, 2017. Her mother, 8-year-old Zahra, died in July after an illness.
Kita’s father, Ezeji, has connections to Indy. He was born at the Indianapolis Zoo in 2009 to long-time breeding pair Eddie and Elena.
The young giraffe will join three other giraffes behind the scenes, two of them are Kita’s aunts. The herd also includes a male.
Standing at 10-feet tall, Kita is easy to find in the heard because she is smaller and lighter in color. The average female stands at 15 feet.
Giraffes are the tallest mammal on land and are still vulnerable to extinction. The zoo is part of a breeding program through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan. It hopes Kita will be a part of the effort.
Kita arrived to the Circle City in mid-October and spent 30 days quarantine at the Indianapolis Zoo which is part of standard procedure. She is now getting acquainted with the other giraffes. The zoo expects guests to see her in the spring.