NewsLocal News / February 10, 2016

The Indianapolis Zoo Wants Your Help Naming A Baby Giraffe

The zoo is turning to Facebook and the public to choose a name for a baby giraffe that's the zoo's newest addition.giraffe, Indianapois Zoo2016-02-10T00:00:00-05:00
The Indianapolis Zoo Wants Your Help Naming A Baby Giraffe

The Indianapolis Zoo is turning to Facebook and the public to choose a name for a baby giraffe born at the zoo Jan. 9.

Carla Knapp/Indianapolis Zoo

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Zoo is turning to Facebook and the public to choose a name for a baby giraffe that's the zoo's newest addition.

The 6-foot-tall, 158-pound male reticulated giraffe was born Jan. 9. Zoo officials say the feisty, month-old calf and his 18-year-old mother, Takasa, are doing well.

Zookeepers have selected three names for a poll on the zoo's Facebook page. The name that gets the most votes will become the calf's name.

The choices are: Amazu (AH-mah-zoo) which means "no one knows everything" in Nigerian; Jengo (JANE-goe), a Swahili word meaning "building" or "construction"; and Mshangao (ma-SHAN-goe), which means "amazement" or "surprise" in Swahili.

Voting opened at 6 a.m. on Feb. 10, and closes at 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 23. The winning name will be announced the next day.

 

 

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