xml:space="preserve">
xml:space="preserve">
Advertisement
Advertisement

Maryland Zoo reveals name of new baby giraffe

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore announced the birth of a female reticulated giraffe calf. Born on Monday, February 6, 2017, to four-year-old Juma (joo-ma) and eleven-year-old Caesar, this new calf is the first giraffe to be born at the Zoo in over 20 years.

Meet Willow.

The giraffe calf born at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore this month officially has a name, as the zoo announced the results of an online naming contest Thursday.

Advertisement

Willow was the top choice, receiving 30 percent of the vote, zoo staff said in a Facebook Live video. Staff of the zoo's Giraffe House picked six names for the public to choose from (other options were Imara, Safara, Ruby, Opal and Dottie). Over 20,000 votes were cast since the poll opened Monday, the zoo said.

Willow was born Feb. 6, becoming the first giraffe to be born at the Maryland Zoo in more than 20 years.

Advertisement
Advertisement

The 6-foot-1 female calf is doing well, zoo staff said, as is her mother, Juma.

Starting Friday, zoo patrons will be able to see Willow and Juma in the Giraffe House on a limited basis, according to a news release. Zoo staff are hoping to gradually acclimate the calf to visitors, and will close the exhibit at any time if deemed necessary.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement