Henry Doorly Zoo welcomes the new baby animals

Isabella Booth, News writer

Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo has had a few new baby animals. On March 2, 2023, an elephant named Lolly gave birth to a male elephant calf. Lolly gave birth to the calf at 2:20 a.m. Lolly is an 11-year-old African elephant.  

There are now three elephant calves at the zoo. Jayei another elephant, is expected to give birth in the late summer or early fall of 2023.  

On March 19, 2023, a giraffe, Zola an 8-year-old giraffe, gave birth to a female giraffe at 12:40 a.m. At first, Zola did not give the expected level of maternal care toward her calf. This is because this is Zola’s first calf. This is the first calf born since Arthur, who was born on July 3, 2021. There are now eight female giraffes and two male giraffes at the zoo.  

The name of the new baby giraffe is Hope. The name was inspired by Peg Pease. Peace has been a longtime supporter of the zoo and volunteered since 1995. Pease was calling the baby giraffe Hope. The zoo then found and soon adopted the name, according to Star Herald.  

There was another birth at the zoo on November 4, 2022. A cheetah gave birth to 4 cheetah cubs. The mother, Clio, father, Refu, and the cubs are all reporting to be in healthy conditions since then according to the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo. Since 2014, 29 cubs have been born at the wildlife safari park.