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Bannerghatta Biological Park Welcomes New Giraffe To The Family

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The Bannerghatta Biological Park (BBBP) in Bengaluru joyfully embraced a new member into its family on Tuesday. A 13.5-foot-tall female giraffe named Shivani, aged one year and seven months, was born to Bharatha and Babli at Mysuru Zoo on July 4, 2022. 

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Shivani, the newly welcomed giraffe, arrived at BBBP from Mysuru Zoo through the animal exchange program. The Central Zoo Authority, in support of conservation education, approved this initiative. Surya Sen, the Executive Director of Bannerghatta Biological Park, expressed his delight, saying, “Bengaluru Bannerghatta Biological Park (BBBP) is delighted to announce the addition of a companion for single female giraffe ‘Gowri.'”

Recognizing the importance of a stress-free transition, Shivani underwent crate training in the weeks leading up to her relocation. This careful preparation aimed to ensure a comfortable journey for the giraffe, minimizing any potential stress associated with transportation.

Watch: Bengaluru Bannerghatta Biological Park's female giraffe 'Gowri' gets  a new companion

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Gowri, the lone female giraffe at BBBP, was acquired from Mysore Zoo in April 2018. With the arrival of Shivani, Gowri now has a new companion to share the enclosure. Sen explained, “Upon release of Shivani in the giraffe enclosure, Gowri walked towards the species. Later both the giraffes started sniffing each other. They are responding positively towards each other and will be compatible very soon.”

This exchange is part of a broader collaboration between zoos for the conservation and well-being of giraffes. Mysore Zoo, currently housing nine giraffes, generously contributed by sparing a female giraffe to join forces with Gowri at BBBP. This collaborative effort highlights the commitment of various zoos towards the preservation of endangered species.

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The Central Zoo Authority, based in New Delhi, played a pivotal role in approving the Animal Exchange Program. The program not only contributes to the well-being of individual giraffes but also aids in conservation education, fostering awareness about the importance of protecting and preserving wildlife.

The initial interaction between Shivani and Gowri has been promising. As they were introduced to each other, Gowri approached Shivani, and the two giraffes started sniffing each other, indicating a positive response. With time, it is expected that they will develop a strong and compatible bond, contributing to their overall well-being.

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