Melissa Sharpe

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Help Name Our New Baby Giraffe!

It’s here! Help us name our new SUPER CUTE female baby Masai giraffe.

In honor of her mother, Imara (meaning “strength” in Swahili), our keepers came up with six awesome Swahili-themed names. And now it is up to the public to vote for their favorite!

Voting will end Sunday, July 29th at midnight and the name will be announced the week of the 30th.

The baby giraffe at the Phoenix Zoo is doing well and is still inside the giraffe barn, under the very watchful eyes of her mother. It will still be a few weeks until the pair are out on the Savanna and visible to the public. Scroll down for the name choices, and how to vote!


For the most up to date photos and video of the baby giraffe, visit the Zoo’s social channels at, and

Which Swahili term/name is your favorite?

  Asili (Swahili for nature)

  Jasiri (Swahili for brave)

  Kivuli (Swahili for shadow)

  Mwishowe (Swahili for finally/eventually)

  Nyusi (Swahili for eyebrows)

  Subira (Swahili for patience)

Here's your LINK to VOTE!

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