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Help Name the Zoo’s Baby Giraffe


Words and Images courtesy of Virginia Zoo.


A baby giraffe was born at the Virginia Zoo on December 28, and now he needs a name! The male calf weighed in at 159 pounds and stood 5’9” when he was born. His Zoo Keepers say he is strong, adventurous and already running circles around mom, Noelle.


His Keepers have chosen five names and the Zoo wants the public to make the final decision on what the calf should be named.

  • Norman

  • Milton

  • Neville

  • Mchanga (means sand in Swahili because he really likes playing with the sand)

  • Kuzco (for his resemblance to Kuzco the Llama)

Names can be voted on via the Zoo’s website for a $5 donation, or in person at the Zoo’s Gift Shop, for a donation of any amount. Funds raised from the naming contest support the Zoo’s Act for Wildlife fund. The baby’s name will be announced on Thursday, January 20 via its Facebook page.

Voting at the Virginia Zoo will be available January 15-17 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Gift Shop. Due to the low temperatures, Noelle and her calf are not yet on exhibit, but can be viewed from inside the giraffe and rhino barn throughout the day. Timed tickets and advance reservations required, purchase tickets at virginiazoo.org/tickets.


About the Virginia Zoo

The Virginia Zoo, located in Norfolk, Virginia, is home to more than 700 exceptional animals representing over 150 fascinating species. Founded in 1901 and residing on 53 beautifully landscaped acres, the Virginia Zoo has demonstrated a commitment to saving and protecting the world’s wildlife by inspiring a passion for nature and taking conservation action at home and around the world. The Virginia Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is recognized as a global leader in education, recreation, science, wildlife conservation, and animal care and welfare. For more than a century, the Zoo has connected adults, families and school children with the natural world and its wildlife. To learn more, visit www.virginiazoo.org.

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