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Wildlife Wednesdays: Vote To Name the First Masai Giraffe Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on July 24th, 2013 by Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks

Vote To Name the First Masai Giraffe Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Our very first Masai giraffe calf, a male, was born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom recently and will go out on the Kilimanjaro Safaris savanna within the next few weeks. We are excited to have you pick the baby’s name from a list prepared by our animal care team. It’s easy to cast your vote. Check the list below, make your choice and keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog to find out what name gets the most votes—I’ll post the results next Wednesday (July 31).

Did you know?

  • There are two subspecies of giraffe—Masai and reticulated—roaming the Kilimanjaro Safaris savanna. Most are now Masai giraffe, with reticulated giraffe making their home on the savannas of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Having two kinds of giraffe enables cast members to share even more great stories about these amazing animals.
  • The Masai giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi) can be found in southern Kenya and throughout Tanzania. Reticulated giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata) are widely found in northern Kenya and in Somalia.
  • The Masai giraffe’s coat features jagged-edged patches. The patches are dark brown on a cream background, making the Masai the darkest-colored subspecies. The reticulated giraffe’s coat features a pattern of very defined patches that usually are orangish brown. The patches are separated by bright white lines, and the lower part of the legs are a lighter color.
  • It is estimated that there are fewer than 40,000 Masai giraffe in the wild. The reticulated giraffe is more threatened in the wild, with numbers fewer than 5,000. Giraffes are threatened by habitat loss and habitat fragmentation, poaching, and human-wildlife conflicts.
  • The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) helps to support conservation programs for wildlife like giraffes. For example, through a recent project, the DWCF helped Tusk Trust USA and the Ruko Community Wildlife Conservancy reintroduce Rothschild’s giraffes in Kenya. This program also enhances community awareness of wildlife conservation through anti-poaching, wildlife monitoring, and educational programs in local schools. Since its inception in 1995, the DWCF has provided more than $4.5 million to support habitat conservation for giraffes and other African wildlife. Through a collaboration with Disneynature and the “See ‘African Cats,’ Save the Savanna” campaign, the DWCF also helped the African Wildlife Foundation to protect more than 65,000 acres of land in Kenya’s Amboseli Wildlife Corridor to enable indigenous animals including giraffes, cheetahs, and lions to roam freely between protected habitats.

What name did you vote for? Tell us about your favorite in the “Comments” section below or join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #DisneyGiraffe.

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Candace on July 24th, 2013 at 9:17 am

you should have Rafiki on the list… Rafiki = friend


Kati on July 24th, 2013 at 9:37 am

I voted for Baraka, so he will be a blessing to Disney and be blessed for being a part of the magic :)


Jackie Ogden, Ph.D. on July 24th, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Thank you so much for voting! I can’t wait to see what name gets the most votes.


Maria on July 24th, 2013 at 9:43 am

The name “giraffe” has its earliest known origins in the Arabic word,

Its Zarafa,….beautiful name for the first born giraf in Animal Kingdom.

In october I wil visit Animal Kingdom and hope to see the beby giraf, I am looking forward to that,…:)


Cecile on July 24th, 2013 at 9:45 am

I also voted for Baraka because he is a blessing.


Patti on July 24th, 2013 at 9:56 am

Honestly I wasn’t too crazy about those choices. But whatever he is named I wish him a happy life at Disney.


cheryl on July 24th, 2013 at 9:58 am

My son and I picked Mosi because it is the first baby. He is already calling the giraffe “Mosi” :-)


Jackie Ogden, Ph.D. on July 24th, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Don’t forget you can vote multiple times for an even better chance that the name you like best will be chosen.


Kristine from IL on July 24th, 2013 at 10:04 am

we voted Mosi, as it means first….and the baby is the first Masai Giraffe born at WDW! We think it is very fitting! What ever name is picked, I am sure it will be loved by all. We were so fascinated by the giraffes when we took the Wild Africa Trek last year. Both the Masai and the Reticulated that live at Animal Kingdom are beautiful animals! Can’t wait to get down there on our next trip in 2015 to see the new addition. Probably more will be there by then!


Jackie Ogden, Ph.D. on July 24th, 2013 at 12:13 pm

The next time you’re on the Kilimanjaro Safaris, test your skills at determining which giraffe are Masai and which are reticulated.


Donna from FL on July 24th, 2013 at 10:05 am

Even thought it is not a choice …
I prefer the name “Mara” meaning Spotted.


Jason on July 24th, 2013 at 10:09 am

I voted Asani, because I wanted to stay as far away from a political-ish name as possible. I’m a bit rebellious that way.


Mary on July 24th, 2013 at 10:12 am

“Baraka”. His mother shares the name of a beautiful “angel” that many people on a certain Disney board have grown to know and love. This angel’s mother loves giraffes and has found comfort in visiting DAK and visiting the little one so he his truly a blessing.


Darlene on July 24th, 2013 at 10:23 am

I voted for “Mosi” for being the first. But should be “Mosi Baraka” for first blessing. Doesn’t really matter what you name him he is beautiful.


Shirley on July 24th, 2013 at 10:25 am

I voted for Baraka. My first born’s name is Barak.


Brian on July 24th, 2013 at 10:39 am

I like Kichawi Moja……………it means Magical One in Swahili!


Linda on July 24th, 2013 at 10:43 am

I was fortunate to witness the birth of two reticulated giraffes as the media relations specialist at Oregon Zoo. Such a long drop for baby!


Debra on July 24th, 2013 at 10:43 am

I voted for Shingo, but I thought “Mpole” was good for two reasons, the imbedded word “pole” in the name for his neck and Mpole means gentle in Swahili. :-)


Debra on July 24th, 2013 at 10:44 am

I will be sure to look for him on my next trip, in 33 days.


Maggie from OH on July 24th, 2013 at 10:51 am

I think Mosi for 1st seems the most appropriate.


Rhonda on July 24th, 2013 at 11:00 am

Mosi, since he is the first one born at Animal Kingdom. Welcome to the world beautiful creature!


Lori on July 24th, 2013 at 11:28 am

Do we know the Mothers name? The reason I ask is that one of the female Masai giraffes from the zoo where I volunteer was sent to Animal Kingdom.


Robin from KS on July 24th, 2013 at 11:38 am

I thought Uchawi (=Magic) would be a good name. Evokes all about new life and Disney spirit. Oh well… Best choice following this idea is Mosi.


David from FL on July 24th, 2013 at 11:43 am

I voted for Baraka, because any and every new birth is a blessing.


Rebekah from CO on July 24th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

I voted for Mosi but I really like Uchawi which means “magic” in swahili. After all Disney is the most magical kingdom on earth!


Tara from VA on July 24th, 2013 at 12:02 pm

I was hoping for Kiume. Masculine and Strong!


Judy from LA on July 24th, 2013 at 12:45 pm

I love the sound of the name Shingo. Although it means long neck, it sounds grand and would be very appropriate


Laura from IL on July 24th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

I voted for Baraka but really love Mosi as well as Uchawi for Magic. Looks like we got a write in going on!!!


Kathie on July 24th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

I chose Asani, for the expression in his/hers eyes says that he/she will be very spunky and rebellious growing up.


Jackie Ogden, Ph.D. on July 25th, 2013 at 10:59 am

That’s a great choice!


Angela on July 24th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

I voted for Baraka because all God’s creatures are a blessing from above….<3


Devika on July 24th, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Hello! Do you vote by posting your choice here? If so then I vote for Mosi :)


Jackie Ogden, Ph.D. on July 25th, 2013 at 10:59 am

You vote by clicking on the poll above – right next to the name you like.


James from IN on July 24th, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Mosi because she’s the first, but I do like Uchawi for Disney magic


Blue on July 24th, 2013 at 1:45 pm

I voted for Mosi but really wish there had of been more name choices. This little one is a blessing! I LOVE Giraffes!


bob on July 24th, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Mosi The First! Welcome to the world little one.


Jennie from CA on July 24th, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Welcome sweet Mosi, the first of hopefully many.


Jackie Ogden, Ph.D. on July 25th, 2013 at 11:00 am

Thank you for being as excited about the giraffe baby as we are!


Dustin on July 24th, 2013 at 7:16 pm

I picked the last name, it was the Mosi appropriate to me. Thank you Disney for helping raise giraffes at AK and for taking care of wildlife throughout the world!


Jackie Ogden, Ph.D. on July 25th, 2013 at 11:01 am

Don’t forget to check back on Wednesday to see which one got the most votes!


Lisa on July 24th, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Would love to name the baby Mosi Baraki but since we probably can’t do that I vote for Baraki. All babies are a blessing


Doug on July 24th, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Looks like there is a typo!! It should be KONDO. Not Knodo. That sounds much cooler. Vote Kondo!!


Crystal from KY on July 24th, 2013 at 11:28 pm

Aw man, I wanted to name it Stretch! I guess I’ll go with Shingo. 8( ;0D


Jackie Ogden, Ph.D. on July 25th, 2013 at 11:03 am

The cast here at Disney’s Animal Kingdom are having fun reading your comments. Keep writing!


Gerri on July 25th, 2013 at 7:36 am

It was a tough choice, but ultimately I chose Baraka. I love seeing the giraffes at the safari and am thrilled to hear the news that a little one has joined the Disney family!


Adolph from PA on July 25th, 2013 at 10:38 am

Mosi-Baraka — First Blessing (Hopefully, of many!!)


Lizabeth on July 25th, 2013 at 11:16 am

I voted for Mosi, which means first, because he IS. Also, because the good things Disney does for conservation of endangered species is a first; how many companies do that? My family and I were at Disney earlier this spring, and I have been watching to see when this baby was born.I am an artist and a college teacher of studio art; my art is all about endangered species.Kudos to Disney for supporting the beleaguered animal world; also, for being such an awesome place to spend a vacation. This last trip was our 47th vacation there since 1971.Love you guys at Disney for all you do.


Montserrat on July 25th, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Mosi-Baraka would be great!!!! I really think that the magic of life is always a blessing!!! 😀


Andrew on July 25th, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Mosi is the best choice. Taking pride in him being the first one born here. I’m a Cast Member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and am really proud of what we do here. So anything that can exemplify that is going to get my vote :)


Lisette on July 25th, 2013 at 11:01 pm

I voted “Mosi” because his name should represent and recognize the very fact that he is THE FIRST. While he is surely a blessing and he has a long neck, I find girls (not boys) to be more rebellious. I think Mosi is absolutely perfect for his Welcome to the Disney Family that includes all of us.


Judy on July 26th, 2013 at 11:28 am

Mosi it is! He’s the first!


ALLAN on July 26th, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Jackie, I would have preferred the name “bahati” which means “lucky” in Swahili. This young one is indeed lucky to be born at Disney, because your keepers are the best.


Susan on July 26th, 2013 at 8:47 pm

I’ve read down the choices and shared them with my family. We decided we liked Mosi the best, so that is our vote. Congratulations AK on your new addition! We are excited to potentially see him when we visit in a couple of weeks. :)


Jackie Ogden, Ph.D. on July 29th, 2013 at 2:37 pm

That’s great to hear!


Rebecca on July 26th, 2013 at 10:26 pm

Mosi makes sense. :0) First


Cynthia on July 27th, 2013 at 11:25 am

Mosi! He is a beauty! Do you know when he will be out on the savanna? I would love to see him while im at AK during my birthday week (august 14th). I live in the area so I can go anytime but it would be a real treat to see him while im celebrating my birthday!


Rebecca on July 27th, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Mosi is my choice :)


Stephanie on July 28th, 2013 at 8:37 am

Baraka–Blessing. Stephanie Giraffe has come to mean so much to a lot of us and is especially important to a very special family….


Carla on July 28th, 2013 at 9:59 pm

I wish I could have suggested a name! I think Mendala would be fitting. The meaning of mandala comes from Sanskrit meaning “circle.” Even though it may be dominated by squares or triangles, a mandala has a concentric structure. Mandalas offer balancing visual elements, symbolizing unity and harmony. After all, it IS called the “circle” of life after all!