WITH each wobbly step, two baby giraffes are exploring their new home at Australia Zoo.

Tulip and Lilywill join the rest of the herd when they are put on public view for the school holidays.

At six weeks old, Tulip is inseparable from her half-sister Lily, who is eight weeks, as they curiously explore the African savannah.

Australia Zoo's newest giraffe babies, Lily and Tulip, familiarise themselves with life on the savannah. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily
Australia Zoo's newest giraffe babies, Lily and Tulip, familiarise themselves with life on the savannah. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily Brett Wortman

The two-metre calves and their one-year-old sister Skye bring the herd numbers at the zoo to seven.

Mums Penny and Sally kept close watch on their babies as The Daily jumped on board the zoo's Landcrusier to take a closer look at the new additions.

Australia Zoo keeper Olivia Degn said Tulip and Lily brought out the best in each other.

"Tulip and Lily have settled in well, and they have become great friends, never straying too far from one another," Ms Degn said.

"Guests can often see the pair playing together, with mums Penny and Sally not too far away.

"They took some time out to bond alone with their mothers before joining the giraffe family on the savannah at Australia Zoo.

"Each calf sticks very close to their mum.

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"Tulip and Lily still rely on their mums for milk, but are also starting to nibble on solids - that is, acacia leaves, a giraffe favourite."

The arrival of three giraffe calves in 12 months is testament to Australia Zoo's breeding program, boosting giraffe numbers.

The giraffes will be on display at the Beerwah zoo from this Saturday as part of the jam packed school holiday program.
 



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