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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo gives baby giraffe a sunny new name

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Cheyenne Mountain Zoo announced the name of the baby giraffe born in April.

She was given the name Rae, which the zoo said was appropriate because, “She’s been a ray of sunshine since her arrival.”

Born April 26, the baby girl is the second calf born to mom, Msitu, and dad, Khalid.

Background from the zoo explains the significant inspiration behind the name.

Rae Gamble, 99, is a world traveler with a heart for animals.

“Two years ago, while on an African safari, Gamble became captivated by wild giraffe,” according to a post on the zoo’s website.

“She subsequently decided to make an impact on the lives of both wild giraffe and those in human care by leaving an estate gift to help with giraffe conservation. As thanks, we’ve chosen to name our new calf in her honor.”

Little Rae has been introduced to almost all of the herd and is able to venture outside into the small and large yards at the zoo.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has set up a giraffe cam, allowing animal lovers to tune into the herd at anytime.