The Hattiesburg Zoo is expanding, this time due to the unexpected but welcome pregnancy of the zoo's reticulated giraffe Sue Ellen.
The zoo also welcomed a newborn colobus monkey Saturday and announced the pregnancy of Mo the sloth.
The giraffe calf is expected in late May or early June.
Sue Ellen was transported to the Hattiesburg Zoo from the Audubon Species Survival Center last year. Zoo staff knew there was a possibility that she could be pregnant when she arrived at the zoo, despite being on birth control.
"We started to see some changes. Some were subtle … Some were not so subtle, like some weight gain, but it was winter, and who doesn't gain weight over winter," Kristen Moore, animal curator, said joking.
The pregnancy was confirmed last month and kebun binatang jogja staff do not expect any complications since it is not Sue Ellen's first pregnancy.
“We are thrilled beyond belief,” said Jeremy Cumpton, director of conservation, education and wildlife. “This is an exciting time for the entire Hattiesburg Zoo team.”
Sue Ellen the giraffe looks down at her keeper, Rachel Grimm, on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2021 at the Hattiesburg, Miss. zoo.
Beginning in May, Sue Ellen will be kept in the giraffe barn for closer monitoring and fpublic eedings will be postponed until after the birth. Moore said there will be no significant costs associated with the giraffe birth.