Nashville Zoo announces naming contest for newborn giraffe

Giraffe at Nashville Zoo
Courtesy: Amiee Stubbs/Nashville Zoo

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Nashville Zoo announced a naming contest for their newborn giraffe born on July 9.

Giraffe at Nashville Zoo
Courtesy: Amy Stubbs/Nashville Zoo

The baby boy weighed in at 171 pounds and stands 6 feet 6 inches tall. He and his mother are doing well and are currently being housed at the zoo’s state-of-the-art giraffe barn.

The newborn giraffe is expected to make his debut at the zoo on July 25.

The naming contest will not only allow guests to vote for their favorite of three names but will also benefit Jeans for Giraffes, a conservation initiative that recycles denim into home insulation with proceeds benefitting conservation projects in Africa.

The three options to vote on are:

  • Mkali – Swahili for “bright”
  • Mahali – Swahili for “spot”
  • Enzi – Swahili for “powerful”

In order to vote, you must bring a pair of jeans to donate. Each pair counts as one vote.

The voting station is set up near the giraffe exhibit and will close Aug. 31.

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