Albuquerque BioPark expecting new zoo babies

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque BioPark visitors can expect to see some new zoo babies in about 15 months.

Three giraffe mothers — Camilla, June and Naira — are expecting calves.

June is the most experienced mother out of the bunch. She’s given birth to eight babies, including the 2-year-old Kumi who is currently living at the ABQ BioPark.

“We are very excited to welcome more members to our giraffe herd,” Paul Huang an ABQ BioPark senior zookeeper said in a news release. “We are monitoring their health closely and hoping for the best.”

The father’s name is Buccaneer.

“He’s been a busy boy and so he’s got three pregnant girls. He’s a really calm, really mellow animal,” Huang said.

“The thing I learned about giraffes. They look like they’re about to explode, and then you have to wait another month or two,” he said.

Giraffes have a 15-month gestation window, which means the calves could arrive anytime from mid-May into October. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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