Cincinnati Zoo’s Baby Giraffe Finally Gets a Name

Apr 16th, 2011 | By | Category: Lifestyle

The Cincinnati Zoo’s baby giraffe finally has a name, following a week-long Facebook and blog contest. The new baby girl is named Zuri.

L84 Giraffe1 159x300 Cincinnati Zoos Baby Giraffe Finally Gets a Name“Zuri” is Swahili for “beautiful.” The name won the contest decisively with 4,838 votes, beating out “Mara,” which is Maasai for “spotted,” and “Nya,” which is Swahili for “purpose.” After a week of suggesting names on the zoo’s Facebook page, over 9,000 people visited the zoo’s blog to help select a winner from the three most popular picks.

Zuri was born on Saturday, April 2. She is currently bonding with her mother Tessa and father Kimba in their indoor stall at Giraffe Ridge. Visitors can currently view the giraffe family through their windows and through a live-feed color monitor set up on a viewing deck. In a couple weeks Tessa and Zuri will make their first public outdoor appearance.

Visitors to the Cincinnati Zoo’s Giraffe Ridge can feed the giraffes from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm every day through October 21. The zoo, located at 3400 Vine Street in Cincinnati, is open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm every day of the year except for Christmas. Ticket package prices begin at $14 for adults and $10 for children and for seniors. For more information, visit the zoo’s website at

A video of Zuri’s birth and first moments can be viewed below or on the Cincinnati Zoo YouTube page. Zuri’s baby photo album can be viewed on a Cincinnati Zoo Flickr site.

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