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

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.


  • 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!

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

  • Mosi is my choice 🙂

  • 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!

  • Mosi makes sense. :0) First

  • 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. 🙂

    • That’s great to hear!

  • 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.

  • Mosi it is! He’s the first!

  • 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.

  • 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 🙂

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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!

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

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

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

  • 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

  • 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!

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

  • Welcome sweet Mosi, the first of hopefully many.

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

  • Mosi The First! Welcome to the world little one.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • That’s a great choice!

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

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

  • I was hoping for Kiume. Masculine and Strong!

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • I think Mosi for 1st seems the most appropriate.

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

  • 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. 🙂

  • 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!

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

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

  • 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.

  • “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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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!

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

  • My son and I picked Mosi because it is the first baby. He is already calling the giraffe “Mosi” 🙂

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

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

  • I also voted for Baraka because he is a blessing.

  • 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,…:)

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

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

  • you should have Rafiki on the list… Rafiki = friend

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