Betty Lou gave birth April 28 to a healthy calf named Sunshine. She is being an attentive mom, and letting the calf nurse. Sunshine is 6' and 133 lbs. Zookeepers have begun introductions to the rest of the herd, and mother-calf pairs will most likely rotate on and off exhibit. Michael, father to both calves, will remain on exhibit most of the time.
All of the Zoo's giraffes are sponsored by the Dreier Family.
FAQs About the Giraffe Births
What changes has the Zoo made in the exhibit in anticipation of the new calves?
Changes include the installation of 24-hour remote monitoring capabilities, new “Dutch” doors to allow feeding without fully opening the barn door, calf-height feeders and drinkers, “baby” pads in the giraffe chute where the animals are weighed, and straw bales in places to prevent small hooves from getting caught. A side yard of the barn has been reopened and a “baby” fence has been installed in the giraffe yard to allow the individual animals to be separated.
About the Zoo’s Giraffes
You can help the Zoo welcome Dane & Sunshine by becoming a Foster Feeder sponsor of the giraffe herd! A tax-deductible donation of $50 helps with the cost of feeding Dane, Sunshine, and the rest of the herd. New giraffe Foster Feeders receive a photo, certificate, giraffe fact sheet, and recognition on the Zoo's Foster Feeder board. To sponsor the herd, visit our Foster Feeder page and select 'Shared Care Groups'.