OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) -The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden says its newest giraffe has finally received her name after a naming contest was hosted through October 3.
First-time mom, Julu gave birth to her calf on Sept. 15.
The Zoo’s hoofstock caretakers selected four name options representative of their connection to the calf:
- 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.
Now, Zoo officials say the public has decided!
The Zoo’s giraffe family includes 6-year-old Julu and newborn Njeri, 2-year-old Mashamba, 21-year-old Ellie, 4-month-old Kioni, and 4-year-old Demetri, father of both calves.