Of course this is nothing new for Katie, who has been pregnant since February 2016. The baby boy is Katie’s third calf and first son.
But the zoo, which has had a busy spring, took a different approach this time around — choosing to wait until April to announce Katie’s pregnancy. As the birthday neared, keepers took shifts to watch Katie 24/7 for signs that she was ready to deliver, the zoo said.
When she finally did, it was away from the cameras and live-stream that made Katie world-famous in 2015.
Kipenzi, the last calf to be born at the zoo, died three months later in an accident on exhibit. The zoo said it plans to baby-proof by adding barriers around the perimeter of the Giants of the Savanna so the fencing is more obvious to a calf.
This was also Tebogo’s third calf. He was matched with Katie on a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoo’s and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan.