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    November 03, 2017
    A recent ultrasound performed on Vivian, one of the Zoo’s female giraffes, confirmed the staff’s suspicion that she is indeed pregnant. The staff is elated and preparations for the baby giraffe's arrival by the end of the year are underway.
    The Zoo currently is home to four giraffes.  Father, Taji, is 12 years old. Mother, Vivian, is 8 years old.  Their baby, Finely, was born on July 25, 2016. The Species Survival Program (SSP) will make recommendation on his future home. A second adult female, Emy, is 4 and joined the Peoria Zoo’s tower in May of 2016. 

    Want to help welcome our new bundle of joy?  Mom and the rest of her Zoo family are “registered” at https://www.peoriazoo.org/donate/giving-tree/.

    Between now and December 31, you can also donate to help bring a Hi-Spy Viewing Machine to Africa!  The viewer will be located in the exhibit’s new research station that will give visitors the perfect view of the giraffes. For every $25 donation, donors will be entered to win their own front row parking spot in the Zoo parking lot. Donations may be made at the Zoo front desk or by calling 681-3500 for more information. 

    To learn more about our expanding giraffe family, please contact Yvonne Strode at 681-3509 or 713-5200.

    The Peoria Zoo is a Peoria Park District facility, and is located in Glen Oak Park. You can find a full schedule of the facility’s events and programs in the Peoria Park District Playbook, which is available in a searchable format online at www.peoriaparks.org/playbook, or can be picked up at any Park District facility, area libraries and businesses.

    Public stewards of nearly 9,000 acres of park and greenspace and another 185 buildings, the Park District’s mission is to contribute to a healthy and vibrant Peoria community by responsibly using our District resources to offer high quality parks and recreation experiences to those who live, work and play in our District. To learn more, please visit www.peoriaparks.org.