This baby girl needs a name
Living Treasures welcomes second baby giraffe.
Published: Sunday, September 9, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 04:09
SLIPPERY ROCK TOWNSHIP, Pa.-- The staff at Lawrence County’s Living Treasures Animal Park want your help in naming the zoo’s six-week old baby giraffe.The female reticulated giraffe joins a nine-month old male that arrived at the park earlier this year.He is named Levi, after the Amish builder who helped construct the giraffe enclosure that connects to park owner Adam Guiher’s home.
The addition of the baby girl giraffe is more than an expansion of the animal exhibits at Living Treasures. Guiher sees the giraffe as an extension of his family.He wants to share the joy of an addition to the family with the friends and fans of the park.
“We are looking for the perfect name for this little girl and we thought it would be fun to get our visitors involved in the process,” Guiher said. “Over the next couple months this baby will be developing a personality just as all animals do and we want a name that fits her.”
The staff will make a decision about the baby girl giraffe’s name in mid-October.The winning name will land one person winning a season pass to the facility as well as a five-foot plush giraffe from the park’s gift shop. Guiher points out that Living Treasures is one of only about a dozen privately owned and funded zoos in the country to have the honor of serving as a home to giraffe.
You can see Levi daily at the park.The baby girl comes out for just a few hours a day depending on the weather. The staff is waiting for her to get big enough to be permanently introduced her to Levi. Living Treasures will post weekly updates on Facebook to announce the times that the baby will be out.
The new baby, currently nickname of Bluejeans, is already about 6’2’’ and weighs 160lbs. Levi who is now 9 months is already nearly 11’ tall and weighs 650lbs. By age 4 giraffe are typically done growing. Adult males stand 18’ on average and weigh in around 3000 lbs. Females grow to about 15’ and weighing closer to a ton.
Living Treasures is currently open daily from 10AM-6PM daily until mid-November. Along with the giraffe, there are about 400 animals of over 80 species that currently include a variety ranging from leopard cubs to flamingos to zebras and many more.