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Giraffe born at Zoo; named for beloved local educator

Posted at 6:20 PM, Oct 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-15 06:54:44-04

Zoosiana proudly announces the exciting birth of a female giraffe calf named Millie.

Millie is named in honor of Melinda Mangham, a well known local educator who was a good friend of the Zoo.

Experienced mom, Evangeline, gave birth to Millie on Sunday morning, September 20, 2020.

Millie stands a little taller than 5 feet and weighs about 130 pounds! Millie’s parents, Evangeline and Gabriel, and big sister, Josie, are all doing great and are each helping Millie along. Evangeline is a wonderful mother and is tending to all of Millie’s needs: nursing her, teaching her to walk, and keeping her cozy at night, the zoo.

The adult giraffes eat specialized blends of pelleted feed and alfalfa hay, while Millie will drink milk exclusively for the first few months of her life.

Mangham, who passed away earlier this year, was a long-time educator in Acadiana and impacted the lives of countless students and families. Mangham was a close friend of Zoosiana and absolutely loved the giraffe family.

Mangham’s spirit was powerful, yet gentle, and we hope Millie’s presence in Acadiana grows to be so impactful, as well.

“Millie helps to represent, using a phrase Mrs. Mangham often used, ‘all things wise and wonderful, bright and beautiful,’” says Zoosiana’s Matt Oldenburg.

As a young giraffe, Millie naps frequently in her barn, but ventures outside several times a day.

More giraffes require more room, so Zoosiana has dedicated a pasture habitat to move the giraffes into a bigger, greener space. The area on the north side of the zoo needs a new barn to accommodate the giraffe family and future calves.

They're asking for help, and have set up a Giraffe Center Fund that visitors and Zoosiana friends can donate to to help build the new barn. To help, you can click here.

Zoosiana is open 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm, weather permitting, and is located at the intersection of Highway 90 and Ambassador Caffery Parkway in Broussard.

Call 337-837- 4325 for more information or visit the website