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Disney Parks Blog Fans Choose ‘Mosi’ As Name For First Masai Giraffe Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on July 31st, 2013 by Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks

The votes are in! Disney Parks Blog fans chose “Mosi” (which means “first”) as the name for the first Masai giraffe calf born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Our animal care team is thrilled that so many people voted to help choose his name. Other choices that received a lot of votes were “Baraka” (which means “blessing”) and “Shingo” (which means “long neck”), but ultimately “Mosi” was the winner. Thank you so much for caring as much about the baby giraffe as we do!

Mosi, the First Masai Giraffe Born at Disney's Animal Kingdom Mosi, the First Masai Giraffe Born at Disney's Animal Kingdom

I have some more great news – yesterday, Mosi ventured out with his mom on the Kilimanjaro Safaris savanna for the first time. We are very pleased to share a photo and some video of Mosi’s first day on the savanna. Enjoy!

The next time you visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom, be on the lookout for Mosi and the rest of the giraffe herd on Kilimanjaro Safaris and Wild Africa Trek.

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Katherine on July 31st, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Thanks for sharing Jackie! I can’t wait to visit soon and see Mosi on the savanna!!


Gaspar on July 31st, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Two of my favorite things: Giraffes and Disney!


Susan on July 31st, 2013 at 6:18 pm

He looks fantastic! Congratulations to everyone at AK on the arrival of Mosi! We will be coming to visit and shall look forward to seeing him soon. So exciting!


Tiffany on July 31st, 2013 at 6:29 pm

I voted for Mosi – I thought the other names were great too! Thanks for sharing the pics and video, the giraffes are so cute! :-)


Maureen on July 31st, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Mosi looks great in the video! Thanks for sharing his strolling of the Savanna with his Mom…LOVED IT!!! Will be visiting soon!


Lisette on July 31st, 2013 at 10:34 pm

His is so adorable. We will definitely look for him when we next visit AK. Thrilled with his name. That is the one I voted for as well. The little video is awesome. Thank you so much for sharing that with us!


Dustin on July 31st, 2013 at 10:58 pm

I am mosi happy for the little fella! Can’t wait to see him and all the other giraffes and animals when we visit in the Holidays!


Jennie from CA on August 2nd, 2013 at 1:42 am

Great video and pics. I hope he’s not full height when we are there in Jan. So exciting to have a sweet new baby at AK. I voted for Mosi too. Thanks for the info.