The new baby giraffe at the Colorado Springs Zoo has a name.

Zoo workers say “She’s been a ray of sunshine since her arrival.”

She’s named after Rae Gamble, a 99-year-old world traveler with a heart for animals. Two years ago, while on an African safari, Gamble became captivated with wild giraffes. She then decided to leave an estate gift to help with conservation.

As a measure of thanks, the zoo decided to name the new calf in Rae’s honor.


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