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Wildlife Wednesday: Help Us Name Newest Giraffe Calf at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Scott Terrell

by , DVM, DACVP, Director of Animal & Science Operations, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

Exciting baby news from Disney’s Animal Kingdom…last month, a female Masai giraffe calf was born at the park, and we could use your help in choosing a name.

The calf’s parents, Kenya and George, were paired together through the Species Survival Plan, which is overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and ensures responsible breeding of threatened and endangered species. The yet-to-be-named calf is following in the hoofsteps of baby giraffe Aella, who was born four months ago at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and will join her on Kilimanjaro Safaris savanna before the end of this year.

Baby Giraffe at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Our animal care team has narrowed the list of names down to a few options based on Swahili words, and we’d like you to help us pick which name you like best by voting for it below.

We’ll share the results soon.

The Masai giraffe is a vulnerable species found primarily in Kenya and Tanzania. There are believed to be roughly 32,000 Masai giraffes left in the wild, and their population continues to decline because of poaching and habitat loss.

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  • I think we should name it “Stilts” i just think it’s a catchy name and easy for kids to say

  • I’ve got MLK on my mind today as it’s his actual birthday. So how about Martin or King?

  • I really like Amira

  • If she is a Maori giraffe, she should have a name in Maa/Maori. Utu Nui is a good fit as it means “precious” (maybe Utu-Nui).

  • Shes Adorable. Name her Layla

  • Josephine should be her name.
    Since Miss Josephine just retired at Ft. Wilderness, it would be an honor to continue her legacy of bringing a smile to everyone.

  • Amira!

  • Amira very fitting for Disney girrafe.

  • Naima -it’s more like my Megan’s name. She was killed at age of 12 bb lightning and giraffes are our favorites. She loved how gracefull they seemed. All the names are good too. Be safe, load lightning apps on your phone.

  • Refu “tall”

  • Please name her Dafina! She is definitely a treasure.

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