New Masaai giraffe at Brevard Zoo

Kumi, Brevard Zoo's newest Masai giraffe. Copyright Audrey R. Smith, 2015.

Kumi, Brevard Zoo’s newest Masai giraffe. Copyright Audrey R. Smith, 2015.

**I recently learned that Facebook strips all EXIF data from images that are uploaded directly to the social media giant.  Therefore, all images that I would normally post will first be uploaded here, and the link to the posts will appear on FB.**

I’ve mentioned before that I do a bit of photo work for Brevard Zoo, which is my other job.  I haven’t shown them this image yet, but they’ll see it tomorrow :).  This little girl is Kumi, a 16-month-old female Masai giraffe from San Diego Zoo.  “Kumi” means “eternal” and “beauty” in Japanese – according to our own research – and this little one certainly is!  Today was her third day on-exhibit, after a mandatory health quarantine which all incoming animals must pass.  She’s still learning the ropes, but the rest of the giraffe herd seems very attentive to her.  Milenna – one of our adult breeding (but not at the moment) females – seems to have taken her under her wing, so to speak.

Milenna, a female Masai giraffe, is very attentive - seemingly protective - of little Kumi.  Copyright Audrey R. Smith, 2015.

Milenna, a female Masai giraffe, is very attentive – seemingly protective – of little Kumi. Copyright Audrey R. Smith, 2015.

I was out in the kayak this morning for another purpose, but when I passed the exhibit, Kumi and a couple of the other giraffe were semi-near the water, so I grabbed a couple of shots.  She does a champion job of staring.  She’s super-cute, and fun to watch.  Anyone who wants to come out and see her, Brevard Zoo is open seven days per week.  Remember to look for our wild resident otter, and see the jaguar cubs, all featured on previous posts:

https://audreysnaturequestphotography.wordpress.com/2015/05/05/little-miss-adorable/

https://audreysnaturequestphotography.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/jaguar-cubs-out-with-mom-daily-at-brevard-zoo/

https://audreysnaturequestphotography.wordpress.com/2015/04/26/its-the-little-things-in-life/

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