The Phoenix Zoo is home to a new resident who is already 6 feet tall and approximately 175 pounds.
The zoo’s 10-year-old Masai giraffe, Sunshine, had a beautiful, healthy baby girl on Oct. 25. This is Sunshine’s fourth birth.
The baby giraffe at the Phoenix Zoo is doing well and is still inside the giraffe barn, under the very watchful eyes of her mother. It will still be some time until the mother and daughter are out on the African Savanna and visible to the public, however, the zoo would like your help in giving the new bundle of joy a name.
Zookeepers came up with five awesome sunshine-themed names for the public to chose from:
- Ray (she is Sunshine's little ray of sun).
- Aurora (meaning sunrise is Greek).
- Addae (meaning morning sun).
- Kianga (meaning girl and ray of light).
- Mkali (meaning bright).
Voting will end at midnight on Monday, Nov. 27, and the name will be announced that same week.
The sire, 14-year-old Miguu, can be seen daily in the African Savanna habitat along with Imara, the zoo’s 12-year-old female.
The Arizona Center for Nature Conservation/Phoenix Zoo is located at 455 N. Galvin Parkway.