Giraffe Calf Naming Contest



The OKC Zoo needs your help naming its new female giraffe calf!

Now through Sunday, October 3, you can vote daily for your favorite name choice. The winning name will be announced on Tuesday, October 5 on the Zoo's Facebook page.


Najuma (Na-juma): Swahili for abounding in joy. Caretakers Choice! Inspired by the last name of Oklahoma City civil rights activist, Ayanna Najuma, who participated in the 1958 sit-in at Katz Drug Store, OKC, when she was seven years old.

Acacia (A-kay-sha): An African tree that giraffes consume.

Mosi (Mo-sey): Swahili for first child.

Njeri (N-jeri): Means warrior.

About the Zoo's Giraffes

First-time mom, Julu, 6, gave birth to her female calf on September 15, following an approximately 15-month gestation. The hoofstock care team compiled name options for the Zoo’s newest arrival that are representative of their connection to the calf. Our current giraffe tower includes Julu and her calf plus, Ellie, 21, and her offspring, Kioni, four-months old; Demetri, 4, father of both calves, and Mashamba, 2.

Native to East and Southern Africa, giraffes are the tallest land animals with a height at birth of around six-feet and growing up to 14 feet for females and up to 18 feet for males. Newborn giraffes can stand within an hour of birth at an average weight of about 150 pounds. The International Union for Conservation Nature list giraffe as vulnerable to critically endangered. Over the past 30 years, wild giraffe populations have declined over 40 percent since the 1980s due to habitat destruction and illegal poaching. The Zoo is proud to be an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) SAFE: Saving Animals from Extinction giraffe partner organization member, a program created by AZA in 2017. The Zoo also contributes to giraffe conservation by supporting the Northern Rangelands Trust and the Giraffe Conservation Foundation Fund.

We appreciate your vote!

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