jumu is still on something of a hiatus while she fights leukemia but thank you all for your outstanding support and patience. it has meant the world to me to have you all by my side as this goes into what is hopefully the home stretch toward recovery.
On April 14, Jamala, a 16 year-old Masai Giraffe, gave birth to a calf at Safari West in California. The calf, named Phoenix, was born on the eve of the total lunar eclipse, making the birth all the more unique and exciting for the zoo. He made a happy landing after his first six-foot plunge to the ground, and was standing on those spindly legs just half an hour later.