The Reticulated Giraffe has a gestation period of 15 months. A calf is born as a single. Births occur at any part of the year but are more frequent during the dry season. The calves born weighing about 200 pounds. They grow very fast during their first year, which gives them an advantage over their predators. The mothers keep their young from the rest of the herd for about a month so that it can get the rest it needs. After that, they may work as a team with other females to care for the young and to protect them. The first days the calves drink milk and hide behind their mother’s legs for protection. From 12 to 16 months calves are very well protected by their mothers who assist them to reach food, but after that time they begin to be more independent and start to feed and defend themselves.
When born, the calves fall to the ground from a height of almost 6 feet when they leave the mother and can walk in just 20 or 30 minutes.