OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – For the second time this year, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is hosting a naming contest for its newest giraffe family member.
First-time mom, Julu gave birth to her calf on Sept. 15.
The Zoo’s hoofstock caretakers have selected four name options representative of their connection to the calf.
The name choices are:
- Najuma (Na-juma): Swahili for abounding joy. Inspired by the last name of OKC civil rights activist, Ayanna Najuma, who participated in the 1958 sit-in at Katz Drug Store, Oklahoma City, 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.
The public can vote for one of the four name choices listed in the voting poll on the Zoo’s website at okczoo.org/giraffecalf.
You can vote now through Sunday, October 3.
The winning name will be announced on Tuesday, October 5 on the Zoo’s Facebook page.
The Zoo’s giraffe family includes 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 both calves.