It’s a boy! Dallas Zoo welcomes first giraffe calf since 2015 | Dallas Zoo

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.

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