North Carolina Zoo holds online vote to name new baby giraffe

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Tuesday, June 13, 2023
North Carolina Zoo welcomes baby giraffe
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The North Carolina Zoo welcomed a newborn baby giraffe on Saturday.

ASHEBORO, N.C. (WTVD) -- The North Carolina Zoo needs your help naming its new baby giraffe.

The male giraffe arrived May 20 weighing 145 pounds and standing 6 feet tall. He is the firstborn of the zoo's giraffe Leia and Jack.

There's an online poll accepting votes until 4 p.m. June 19. Click here to cast your ballot for one of the following names:

  • Fenn: In recognition of the founders of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, Julian and Stephanie Fennessey.
  • Nelson: In honor of the famous leader Nelson Mandela.
  • Mosi: African name used for "first born son."
  • Jackson: "Son of Jack."
  • Tamu: Swahili for "sweet" since he was born on World Bee Day, and bees make sweet honey.
  • Bongani: Zulu name meaning "grateful, thankful."

North Carolina Zoo plans to announce the winner of the poll Wednesday, June 21, which is also World Giraffe Day.