BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is pleased to announce that Anuli (a-noo-lee) and Juma (joo-ma), one-year-old reticulated giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis), have recently moved into the Giraffe House at The Maryland Zoo. “We are very happy to welcome these two animals to our Zoo,” said Don Hutchinson, president/CEO of The Maryland Zoo.  “These girls will create a new dynamic within their herd, and we hope that our visitors will enjoy watching them as they begin to explore their new home at the Zoo.”

Giraffes - Juma and Anoli
Shown above: Anuli

Anuli, whose name means “daughter who brings happiness,” arrived at the Zoo on Monday, October 21 from Utah’s Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City, Utah.   “Anuli arrived at the Zoo after a two-day road trip from Hogle Zoo, and she is in excellent health,” said Carey Ricciardone, mammal collection and conservation manager.  “Our transporter turned right around, and made the trip to the North Carolina Zoo to pick up Juma.”  Juma, whose name means “born on Friday,” arrived at the Zoo on Wednesday, October 23 and joined Anuli in quarantine at the Giraffe House.  Anuli has darker patches and is the more curious of the two new arrivals. “We are very happy to have them join the herd here with Kesi, Angel and Caesar,” said Ricciardone.  “The two young females have been acclimating nicely to the Giraffe House and are very cooperative with the keepers.  They are both very interested in the other giraffe; however they have not been fully introduced to the rest of their new herd just yet.”

Giraffes - Juma and Anoli
Shown Above: Juma

The two young giraffe have completed their 30-day quarantine, which kept the Giraffe House closed to visitors. “Normally we quarantine new arrivals at the veterinary hospital,” said Ricciardone. “But of course, the only building that can accommodate 11-foot-tall animals is the Giraffe House, so the building has been closed for the last month. Luckily the weather has been fairly mild so the other giraffe and the okapi have been outside for guests.”

Giraffes - Juma and Anoli

The new giraffe are not yet used to visitors inside the building, so the building will be open briefly each day in order to gradually introduce them to the public.  This week zoo-goers can visit them in the Giraffe House from 10:00 am until Noon.  “As they acclimate to their new environment, and get used to seeing people inside the Giraffe House we will extend the hours,” commented Ricciardone. “Anuli and Juma will be slowly integrated with the other giraffe, and once that integration process is over, they will be on view outside with the herd, weather permitting.”

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Giraffes - Juma and Anoli
Shown: Anuli

Giraffes - Juma and Anoli
Shown: Juma