After a six-foot drop from its mother, Lady Rita, who gave birth standing up, Arusha stood just moments later at 5 ft. 7 inches tall and weighed approximately 60 pounds.
Named after British zoologist Walter Rothschild, who was the first to comprehensively describe this species, Rothschild giraffes are endangered. There are only 2,500 of them left, which makes protecting and breeding them so important.
Also known as the Ugandan giraffe, or the Baringo giraffe, the Rothschild giraffe is one of nine different giraffe species in Africa and one of three in Kenya.
It is the tallest of the giraffe species, growing up to 20 feet tall, which qualifies it as the tallest mammal. Rothschild giraffes are also the only giraffes without patches on their legs. The horns are another feature peculiar to this species; they have five horns instead of two.
Arusha's long, lanky legs, beige-brown patterned fur and huge eyes with long lashes might look girlish, but its gender is not yet known.
Source: Tiergarten Schõnbrunn