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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Happy Birthday, Lulu!

Posted by Elizabeth Bacher, Communications

Seattle’s tallest baby is now Seattle’s tallest 1 year old giraffe! Happy birthday Lulu! We love you!

Sometimes you CAN have your cake and eat it too! Photo by John Loughlin/Woodland Park Zoo
The birthday girl and her animal keepers celebrated the occasion with a specially-made giraffe cake: an ice fruit cake adorned with an assortment of her favorite treats, leaves, and leaf eater biscuits with her name carved out of apple slices and the centerpiece #1 carved out of sweet potato.

Delicious and nutritious! A cake fit for a giraffe. Photo by John Loughlin/Woodland Park Zoo. 
Dad Dave, mom Tufani and aunt Olivia were all there to “help” her eat her cake!

In September, Lulu will be old enough to move to a new zoo where she could eventually start her own family. Her future home will be Lincoln Children’s Zoo in Lincoln, Nebraska. This move is part of a recommendation made by the Giraffe Species Survival Plan, a conservation breeding program that works across accredited zoos to help ensure a healthy and genetically diverse population of giraffes. We'll miss Lulu, but we know Lincoln Children's Zoo will be a fantastic home for our girl.

Sometimes it takes a herd to finish the job. Photo by John Loughlin/Woodland Park Zoo.

Lulu will be here all summer so there’s still plenty of time for you to come say hello.



Video of little Lulu's first year: https://youtu.be/VbdV5XWKeTQ 

World Giraffe Day is June 21, 2018. In honor of Lulu, the zoo asks giraffe fans to stick their necks out and help support conservation efforts by visiting Woodland Park Zoo and supporting Wildlife Survival Fund projects, including the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, which seeks to provide the first long-term ecological monitoring effort of the Angolan giraffe—an important desert-dwelling giraffe subspecies in north-western Namibia.

Happy Birthday, Lulu! Photo by John Loughlin/Woodland Park Zoo.
Visit http://www.zoo.org/conservation to learn more about the zoo’s conservation partnerships taking place in the Pacific Northwest and around the world. Lulu, and all the giraffes on the Savanna, thank you for helping protect about wildlife and wild places.

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