There's a towering new arrival at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo after a giraffe calf was born there on Remembrance Day.

The newborn calf has been named after renowned World War One poet Wilfred Owen.

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo has now shared adorable behind-the-scenes pics of its latest arrival – a 6ft-tall baby giraffe born on Friday, November 11.

The Comet: New giraffe calf Wilfred at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.New giraffe calf Wilfred at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. (Image: ZSL)

Named Wilfred, exclusive images and footage taken by keepers show the not-so-little one sharing some precious private bonding time with mum Luna and dad Bashu, before the youngster meets the rest of the herd at the UK’s largest zoo.

Deputy team leader Michael Hepher said: “Wilfred is Luna’s third calf and she has been a wonderful, attentive mum as always, alongside dad Bashu, who has also been very caring – leaning down to lick and clean the youngster.

“We’ll be giving mum, dad and calf some quiet time in their behind-the-scenes barn over the next week, but they’ll soon join grandma Ijuma, sister Nuru, and the rest of the close-knit, family herd who will show him all the vital giraffe skills he needs to learn.

“In the meantime, we wanted to give our visitors a sneak peek at our latest arrival, by sharing some pics and footage taken just hours after Wilfred’s birth.”

Giraffes give birth standing up, meaning youngsters are welcomed to the world with a two-metre fall to the ground.

The Comet: Giraffe calf Wilfred at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.Giraffe calf Wilfred at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. (Image: ZSL)

Zookeepers kept a close eye on mum Luna throughout her 15-month pregnancy and prepared a deep layer of bedding when they knew labour was imminent.

Wilfred took his first wobbly steps within an hour of being born, and immediately began suckling from doting mum Luna.

Keepers and conservationists at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo are celebrating Wilfred’s arrival as a vital addition to the international conservation breeding programme (EEP) for reticulated giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata), a species classified as Endangered by the IUCN Red List.

The Comet: New baby giraffe Wilfred at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.New baby giraffe Wilfred at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. (Image: ZSL)

Michael added: “It is always wonderful to meet a brand-new member of the herd but there is extra significance to Wilfred’s birth, as his arrival boosts the number of this beautiful, Endangered species.

“He’s certainly a big boy – the biggest new-born giraffe I’ve ever seen. We haven’t officially measured him yet, but he’s definitely taller than me and I am six-foot!”

Visitors to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo this festive season will be able to see Wilfred, Luna and the rest of the herd, alongside the conservation zoo’s 10,000 other animals.

To book a ticket and support the zoo’s global conservation work, visit  

The Comet: Baby giraffe Wilfred at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.Baby giraffe Wilfred at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. (Image: ZSL)