Como Zoo has its Prince.
A male giraffe named Prince was born Nov. 10, weighing 160 pounds and standing 6-feet-6. The honor of naming him went to Como Friends supporters Gretchen and David Crary, who have been lead individual donors on “Give to the Max Day” for the past three years.
Prince is the seventh calf born to Como giraffe Daisy and the 20th giraffe born at the zoo in 22 years. The zoo’s herd now numbers four — Clover, Daisy, Skeeter and Prince.
Prince, whose father is Skeeter, made his public debut on Thursday.
If you want to better understand who Prince is, here are a few fun facts:
The giraffe, which can be as tall as 18 feet and weigh up to 3,000 pounds, is the tallest of all land-living animal species.
During the first two years of a giraffe’s life, it doubles in height, often standing more than 12 feet tall, according to zoo officials. Giraffe gestation is 14 to 15 months, after which a single calf is born.
Just like human fingerprints, the markings or spots of a giraffe’s coat are unique to each animal.
A giraffe can run up to 35 miles per hour, go weeks without drinking water and stick out a tongue that can be up to 2 feet long.
Reticulated giraffes are native to the dry savannas and open woodlands of sub-Saharan Africa.