Oklahoma Metropolis Zoo hosts child giraffe naming contest


OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – For the second time this 12 months, the Oklahoma Metropolis Zoo and Botanical Backyard is internet hosting a naming contest for its latest giraffe member of the family.

First-time mother, Julu gave delivery to her calf on Sept. 15.

The yet-to-be named little lady is the second born on the zoo this summer time; the primary, Kioni, was born on June 3 to Julu’s mom, Ellie.

The Zoo’s hoofstock caretakers have chosen 4 identify choices consultant of their connection to the calf.

The identify decisions are:

  • Najuma (Na-juma): Swahili for abounding pleasure. Impressed by the final identify of OKC civil rights activist, Ayanna Najuma, who participated within the 1958 sit-in at Katz Drug Retailer, Oklahoma Metropolis, when she was seven years previous.
  • Acacia (A-kay-sha): An African tree that giraffes devour.
  • Mosi (Mo-sey): Swahili for first youngster.
  • Njeri (N-jeri): Means warrior.

The general public can vote for one of many 4 identify decisions listed within the voting ballot on the Zoo’s web site at okczoo.org/giraffecalf.

You may vote now by means of Sunday, October 3.

The profitable identify might be introduced on Tuesday, October 5 on the Zoo’s Fb web page.

The Zoo’s giraffe household consists of 6-year-old Julu and her calf plus, 2-year-old Mashamba, 21-year-old Ellie, 4-month-old Kioni, and 4-year-old Demetri, father of each calves.

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