The N.C. Zoo's Acacia Station 16-foot-high giraffe deck, which lets zoo visitors hand feed giraffes, is closed because one of the giraffes is pregnant.
Jamili, who has been at the zoo since March 2009, is expecting her first child any day, according to a press release. The dad is Jack, who arrived at the zoo in Asheboro at the same time.
Because of the birth, the giraffe's availability is too inconsistent to offer the feeding program, said Keeper Supervisor Jennifer Ireland in a press release. Usually visitors pay an extra $2 from April to October for a chance to see the giraffes up close and feed them.
The deck will remain closed until the baby is born and the infant has adjusted to the exhibit and the other five giraffes in the zoo's collection.