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Posted on: February 9, 2018

Greenville Zoo Announces Name of Baby Giraffe

The Greenville Zoo staff and representatives from the Greenville Zoo Foundation gathered this morning to announce the name of the newest member of the zoo family. From 249  suggestions submitted by giraffe fans old and young, from the Upstate and beyond, zookeepers selected Kiden as the name of Autumn’s and Miles’ baby girl. The name is African in origin and means “female born after 3+ boys.” The name was submitted by Alicia Grubel from Greer, who attended the news conference with her daughter. Coincidentally, Alicia was also the winner of the naming contest for Kiko in 2013.

Thanks to EarthCam, 91,602 viewers from across the U.S. and around the world were able to watch as Autumn gave birth to Kiden on January 31 at 11:52 a.m. Within the first few hours, Kiden was walking and nursing, which are important achievements for baby giraffes. When the zoo’s veterinary team and members of the animal care staff performed Kiden’s neonatal exam on February 1, she weighed 157 pounds and was 6 feet, 2 inches tall. In comparison, Tatu weighed 157.8 pounds and was 6 feet, 1 inch tall and Kiko weighed 118.4 pounds and was 5 feet, 11 inches tall when he was born.

“While we were sad to see Walter go, the recommendation to transfer Miles here has certainly paid off, not only for the Greenville Zoo but for the Masai giraffe population as a whole,” said zoo director Jeff Bullock. “Since Miles is an especially tall giraffe, we wondered how that would impact his calf and we finally found out last week when Kiden was deemed our tallest calf to date.”

Since the birth, Miles has been separated from Autumn and Kiden to allow time for mother and calf to bond without interruption, and time for Kiden to gain the strength and ability to navigate the giraffe exhibit well. In the coming weeks, Autumn and Kiden will alternate exhibit time with Miles. Due to the time of year and the cold winter temperatures, Miles will be on exhibit most mornings and Autumn and Kiden will be out during the warmer afternoons. When Kiden is on exhibit, visitors can expect to see her doing what most babies do - nursing and sleeping. As she grows, she will become more active and very curious.

The zoo will reopen tomorrow after being closed for maintenance for two weeks; however, zoo officials stressed that Kiden’s daily activities and time on exhibit will be determined by the weather conditions. The staff will provide regular updates on the zoo’s Facebook page to let the public know the likelihood of Kiden being out on exhibit, so guests planning to visit the zoo specifically to see the calf are strongly encouraged to check the Facebook page ahead of time. For those times when she is not on exhibit, fans can still watch Kiden on the Giraffe Cam.  

The Greenville Zoo is open seven days a week, except on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Zoo entry ticket sales close at 4:15 p.m. Admission is $9.75 for adults and $6.50 for children ages 3–15. Children 2 and under are admitted free with an adult. For more information, call 864-467-4300, visit the zoo’s website at http://www.greenvillezoo.com/ or follow the zoo on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/greenvillezoo.

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