Topeka Zoo welcomes newborn giraffe; another expected soon

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Topeka Zoo is welcoming a newborn giraffe.

Abi, one of two pregnant giraffes at the zoo, gave birth Wednesday to a baby named Konza.


The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the calf has been expected since late June when staff first thought Abi could go into labor.

Zoo officials announced in March that Abi, who is 7, and 8-year-old Hope were pregnant. The calves were conceived with Sgt. Peppers, who was transferred to Topeka from Oklahoma City in 2013.


Hope is expected to give birth within a month. She was born at the Topeka Zoo in 2010.

Abi arrived in Topeka in 2015 from the Albuquerque, New Mexico, BioPark Zoo.