SEVERE WX : High Wind Warning - Wind Advisory - Flash Flood Watch - Flood Watch View Alerts

UPDATE: Oregon's Wildlife Safari Christens Baby Giraffe

The staff of this 600-acre animal park have finally named their latest addition.

Posted: Apr 5, 2018 9:56 AM
Updated: Apr 5, 2018 10:02 AM

UPDATE: Exactly one month after welcoming their new baby girl into the world, the staff at Oregon's Wildlife Safari have finally given her a name.

"Sally is the name that has been chosen for our little bundle of joy—the over six-foot-tall giraffe calf born to proud hooved parents Mate and Erin," said Dan Van Slyke, the park's executive director.

According to a statement from the park, Sally's name came from Toby and Christy Luther, the calf's new 'symbolic parents.' The Luthers provided Wildlife Safari with a 'sizable contribution' to sponsor the young giraffe. The name 'Sally' is one of significance to the Luthers.

“Christy has always loved giraffes,” says Toby, “And sponsoring the new calf’s care seemed like a special way to help the giraffes—and Wildlife Safari—in a unique way.”

Toby Luther has been the Chief Executive Officer of Lone Rock Resources in Roseburg since 2008. While heading the timber company, he has also served on the Wildlife Safari board of directors.

“What people may not understand is that everything that we do at Wildlife Safari is completely privately supported,” said Van Slyke. “The park doesn’t receive any kind of tax-base funding at all, we rely solely on our gate and what we fundraise, so having people like Toby step up to support the programs like the giraffes is a must.”

“As giraffe numbers continue to fall in the wild, each new birth is vital to the survival of their species” said Dan Brands, the park’s curator who is in charge of the entire Wildlife Safari animal collection. “We work closely with the Species Survival Plan to make the best breeding matches for all of our animals and this new baby will be an ambassador for not only Wildlife Safari but her species around the world."

Sally and the whole giraffe herd are available for viewing and meeting everyday as part of the parks enrichment encounters.

(Updated as of 4:43 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4)



WINSTON, Ore. — She was walking before she was even given a name. In fact, the public won’t learn anything about the newborn giraffe’s name until March 16—spring break, by Wildlife Safari’s calendar.

Wildlife Safari in Winston welcomed their new giraffe calf into the world on the morning of Sunday, March 4. Her parents are Erin and Mate, two adult giraffe residents of the park. The calf is the second one born to the park’s new breeding program.

“Erin has taken to being a mother like it’s nature,” said Tanda Schmidt, on the Wildlife Safari’s ungulate keepers. “She’s not a nervous mom, but very patient and attentive while watching her calf explore.”

The park’s giraffe family watched with interest as Erin gave birth to the new calf, according to a statement. Other than that, the other giraffes have only had passing interactions with the baby girl.

“We’ve seen a lot of ‘nose booping’ between the calf and the other giraffe, so these positive explorations are promising,” said Schmidt. The park’s staff hopes that this means family bonds are forming already.

The new calf weighs 147 lbs, and stands at 5’10”. She was standing—and walking—less than two hours after her birth.

“We always want our animal births to feel like they belong to, and sort of represent, the community,” said Dan Van Slyke, Safari’s executive director. “The baby girl is going to be a huge asset and ambassador to the community and to tourism in the area, by attracting that many more out of town guests.”

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 357526

Reported Deaths: 4284
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah55810707
Washington38782324
Marion36837455
Clackamas29779309
Lane27744302
Jackson23059310
Deschutes20336125
Umatilla14492150
Linn12911131
Douglas12118243
Josephine9384196
Yamhill8715113
Klamath8020119
Polk737381
Malheur563677
Benton549431
Coos503794
Columbia382644
Jefferson376052
Lincoln319939
Union319549
Crook291846
Wasco288841
Clatsop244328
Baker203529
Tillamook196932
Hood River192837
Morrow185023
Curry180625
Harney113927
Grant100013
Lake93912
Wallowa68612
Gilliam1544
Sherman1523
Wheeler1121
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 4850807

Reported Deaths: 71341
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles148419226540
Riverside3716705041
San Diego3673614183
San Bernardino3586775692
Orange3242885562
Sacramento1596362309
Kern1463481648
Fresno1463182094
Santa Clara1455431897
Alameda1206921400
San Joaquin1027761721
Ventura1010381167
Contra Costa1000181008
Stanislaus862991335
Tulare80375978
San Francisco54440649
San Mateo54168623
Monterey50911586
Solano46063341
Santa Barbara45223523
Merced42422581
Sonoma40997404
Placer39435429
Imperial36071766
Kings32938325
San Luis Obispo29973333
Madera23955285
Shasta23924352
Butte23818273
Santa Cruz21034221
Yolo20397248
Marin17706244
El Dorado17207149
Sutter13937175
Napa12898100
Yuba1011582
Tehama9534110
Humboldt9269109
Nevada916790
Mendocino766787
Lassen754347
San Benito744972
Tuolumne691790
Lake6631105
Amador547364
Siskiyou451246
Glenn438433
Calaveras391481
Del Norte358742
Colusa307618
Inyo214241
Mono16723
Plumas16607
Mariposa133916
Trinity88011
Modoc6895
Sierra1880
Unassigned1460
Alpine1050
Out of CA00
Medford
Mostly Cloudy
56° wxIcon
Hi: 57° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 56°
Brookings
Cloudy
55° wxIcon
Hi: 55° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 55°
Crater Lake
Cloudy
56° wxIcon
Hi: 35° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 56°
Grants Pass
Cloudy
56° wxIcon
Hi: 56° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 56°
Klamath Falls
Cloudy
48° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 42°
More rain expected overnight into Monday, winds starting to weaken
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events