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The New Year ushers in new life at Emerald!

This January there is a brand new dappled bundle of joy at Emerald Resort & Casino’s Animal World. The Resort is proud to announce the birth of their first giraffe calf.According to the zoo’s manager, Elana Smalberger, the calf and mother are both doing very well, although the calf is still not completely sure what he is supposed to do with his newly found long legs. Overall he is happy and healthy and is freely roaming around the Game Park.

Three giraffes (two females and a male) were introduced to Emerald’s Game Park about four years ago. After being in labour for just over two and a half hours, Emerald Resort & Casino’s first ever giraffe calf was born on Sunday afternoon at approximately 14h20 and already stands 1,5m tall.

The calf will be named by the Resort’s Facebook followers in a competition offering the person that comes up with the best name (as selected by Emerald Resort & Casino’s management team) will win Midweek Break for two that will include a game drive.Visitors to Animal World will be able to view the calf in the Game Park whist on a game drive. It may however be difficult to guarantee that the calf will be seen every game drive as he will still be hidden at times. For more information on the game drives please have a look at

When visiting the Resort’s Animal World, why not say a fond ‘hello’ to the resident teenage hippo ‘Bubbles’. This hippo, now six years old, has been hand raised by the Animal World team and can always be spotted with her best friend ‘Bok’ – the goat.To view all promotions, events and more, visitors to the casino are encouraged to stay close to their Facebook and Twitter pages, or guests can visit for more information.

Please note that Game Drives begin and end inside Animal World. Entry to the zoo must therefore be paid in addition to the game drive fee. Game Drives cannot be booked as a stand-alone activity.

Emerald Resort & Casino is a licensed gambling venue. Winners know when to stop. Only persons over 18 are permitted to gamble. National Problem Gambling Counselling Toll Free Helpline 0800 006 008.

Emerald Resort & Casino.

Tel:                              016 982 8000





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