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IT’S A GIRL for Neja and Finn

Date: 28 Apr 2016

Rothschild’s giraffe

We welcomed a Rothschild’s giraffe calf and keepers are delighted to announce that the infant is a girl.

The lofty newcomer, who has been called ‘Ballycasey’, was born to proud parents, Neja and Finn.

Zoo curator, Alyn Cairns, said ‘It is a tradition at Belfast Zoo, that any new giraffe calves born here are named after towns and villages in Northern Ireland or Ireland, which begin with ‘Bally’. Her name will be shortened to ‘Casey’ which we think is lovely for a not so little girl.

Rothschild’s giraffe are one of the most endangered of the nine subspecies of giraffe and are part of a European breeding programme. Belfast Zoo first became home to giraffe in 1988 and since then 35 calves have been born at the Cave Hill site.

We would like to thank everyone who got in touch to suggest names for the calf. The response was massive and we hope that everyone will like the name that has been selected.

You can now get closer than ever before to our giraffes with our new animal experiences. Find out more by emailing