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Meet Amelia, the N.C. Zoo's new giraffe

Posted July 22, 2020 4:41 p.m. EDT

Courtesy: N.C. Zoo

— The N.C. Zoo has what might be a new-to-you addition to its herd of giraffes.

Amelia, born on April 2, 2018, at Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, S.C., arrived at the zoo in Asheboro on March 1, just a few weeks before the zoo closed down because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The zoo reopened last month, and Amelia, along with the zoo's three other giraffes are now on view.

She is very sweet and curious," marketing generalist Hannah Tulloch tells me by email. "Keepers love her!"

According to an article in the South Carolina zoo's magazine, the giraffe is named after Amelia Attaway, an eight-year-old girl who loved giraffes. She was able to visit Riverbanks' herd in 2014 just before she died from brain cancer.

Amelia is easy to spot, Tulloch says. She's the smallest and shortest.

The N.C. Zoo, about 90 minutes from Raleigh, reopened on June 15 with new safety measures to limit the transmission of the coronavirus. Tickets must be purchased in advance.