Step aside, April's baby: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo welcomes calf of its own!

Brunilde Fioravanti
Aprile 27, 2017

Keepers and zoo veterinarians are watching the pair and expect the newborn giraffe to make her debut after a few days behind the scenes with mom.

The zoo says Katie will give birth in privacy this time and will not be livestreamed.

For the second time in two weeks the Houston Zoo welcomed another Masai giraffe to the world.

Not every giraffe managed to beat out April in giving birth - the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo welcomed a new giraffe calf Wednesday morning, a news release from the zoo said. Its mom is Msitu and its dad is Khalid. Amy Schilz, the zoo's animal care manager, joked that the success might be a product of the area's "fresh mountain air" but indicated that the zoo focuses on working with other zoos to develop ideas to improve animal care and hosts an annual workshop for other zookeepers to learn about breeding techniques.

As part of zoo tradition, the baby will not be named until it is 30 days old.

The zoo says that because the calf is healthy and Msitu is doing such a good job, it does not yet know the baby's sex, weight, or height. Katie also gave birth to another calf, Jamie, in July 2011.

According to the zoo, the calf "can be seen moving quite a bit" as the due date nears. "Right now, we're going to take a hands-off approach and let Msitu do her thing".

If everything continues to go well, the public may be able to get a glimpse of mom and baby starting on Thursday.

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