New Female Giraffe Makes Zoo Debut
December 26, 2002
Sharon Wright / 202-673-0209
Zoo Visitors Can Preview New Giraffe At Elephant House
The new giraffe Malaika has settled into her surroundings at the National Zoo’s Elephant House. At this time, the building will be open periodically so she can adjust to visitors and so the public can see her along with the hippos, elephants and rhinos. Zoo keepers plan to closely watch Malaika as she adjusts to the presence of visitors in her new home.
If all goes as expected, the building will remain open during its normal hours of 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The building may be closed if it is determined that Malaika and the Zoo’s other giraffe, Jana need more time to adjust.
Even if the building is closed, weather permitting, the other animals, including Kandula, the young male Asian elephant, will be on view outdoors during mid-day.
# # #Media Advisory: Media wishing to cover the new giraffe please contact the Office of Public Affairs at 202-673-0209.