COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Two baby giraffes could be born this year at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
The zoo announced two moms are in a race to produce calf numbers 200 and 201 since the breeding program began in 1954.
The zoo says "romance" that was in the air a year ago on Valentine’s Day is producing the excitement. Two of the zoo's female giraffes bred with their bull, Khalid, this time last year – Muziki on Valentine’s Day, and Laikipia shortly thereafter. Muziki has been confirmed pregnant, and a second voluntary blood draw to confirm Laikipia’s pregnancy will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Friday. An initial blood draw from Laikipia in June 2017 showed tentative results that she was likely pregnant.
Muziki’s due date would be around April 30, 2018. If Laikipia is confirmed pregnant, she would be due around the same time.
Giraffe gestation ranges between 13 and 15 months. Because of these variations, either mom could give birth first.