Each of the names are unique to giraffes’ native regions in Africa. The names also pay homage to the calf’s low birth weight. While he was born small for a typical male giraffe at 101 pounds, he has been fully integrated into the giraffe herd and has gained approximately 70 pounds.
All donations raised will go directly towards helping protect giraffes in the wild. The current giraffe population globally is estimated to be less than 110,000 and the population has decreased by nearly 40% in the last 15 years. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo helps protect giraffes by addressing poaching and illegal snaring, translocating animals to secure endangered populations, and also conducting studies on population and disease.
You can visit the calf and the rest of the giraffe herd at the Ben Gogolick Giraffe Encounter. The habitat offers guests the opportunity to hand-feed giraffes and learn more about giraffe conservation.
The winning name will be announced on June 21, 2019 – which is also World Giraffe Day, the longest day of the year!