There are fewer than 1,100 Rothschild's giraffe left in the wild, and it's the second most endangered giraffe species, says Muller. In fact, giraffes across Africa are in desperate conditions. According to recent research, population numbers are plummeting: Since 1998, there's been a 43 percent decline, with only 80,000 giraffes "patchily" roaming 21 African nations.
As for the species' newest arrival, Muller says researchers won't know the baby's gender until the animal is least 3 months old. But so far, she says, "We are continually monitoring the mother and baby - and both are doing well."
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