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Little Long Legs Has A Name!🦒

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TORONTO, ON, Wednesday, March 9, 2022: Your Toronto Zoo welcomed the newest addition to the Zoo family on Thursday February 24, 2022. This beautiful male calf arrived at the same time as the horrific events were escalating in the Ukraine, which caused us to reflect and consider how this birth could connect with those facing challenges beyond our imagination.

Your Toronto Zoo stands in solidarity with the Ukrainian community and we have made the decision to call him Matumaini, which means Hope in Swahili. We have been following the events as they have unfolded and while we may feel helpless to directly support the incredibly resilient and brave residents of the Ukraine, we salute their courage and offer them Hope for a peaceful resolution. We also encourage our community to contribute financially to the humanitarian efforts that are underway there.   

This is the second offspring for both mother Mstari, born here at the Zoo in 2013, and father Kiko, a nine-year-old male. The pairing of Kiko and Mstari was at the recommendation of the AZA Masai Giraffe Species Survival Plan (SSP), a cooperative breeding program among accredited zoos.


In December 2018, the conservation status of Masai giraffes was elevated to Endangered by the International Union for Conservation and Nature (IUCN). Fewer than 35,000 Masai giraffes survive in the wild, having experienced more than a 50% decline in the past 30 years. Illegal hunting and habitat loss are their primary threats. The Toronto Zoo is part of the AZA Masai Giraffe Species Survival Plan (SSP) and continues to support field conservation efforts for the species through the Wild Nature Institute’s Masai Giraffe Project.


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