Photo Gallery | Baby giraffe born at Memphis Zoo
The Memphis Zoo is welcoming the newest addition to their giraffe herd, baby Maliki.
Marilyn, a 19-year-old reticulated giraffe, gave birth to Maliki Wednesday morning.
Maliki is a baby girl weighing 115 pounds.
This is the fourth calf for Marilyn, and the sixth sired by Kenya.
This addition brings the zoo's giraffe herd to a total of nine.
Maliki is the sixth baby giraffe in seven years.
"Marilyn is a great, experienced mother," said Director of Animal Programs Matt Thompson.
"We're always excited about the birth of a healthy baby, but I'm especially pleased because Maliki inherited her mother's beautiful coloring. She has her mother's dark face, which is something the other calves haven't had."
Baby Maliki and her mother, Marilyn, have already been out on exhibit.
She will be spending short amounts of time on exhibit between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Due to cold temperatures, the zoo's animal staff will continue to rotate them on and off exhibit.
Reticulated giraffes give birth standing, and are one of the few animals born with horns on their heads.
This is to protect them from a 6-foot fall to the ground at birth.
Reticulated giraffes are native to Africa and can grow between 15 and 17 feet tall.