Connects community with Zoo's conservation efforts
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo announced today a contest to name the male African Masai giraffe calf, who was born on August 6, 2017.
To participate, guests can visit the Ben Gogolick Giraffe Encounter during regular Zoo hours and cast their vote with a donation to the Future for Wildlife Fund for one of the following names:
- Ogbonna - meaning image of his father
- Abidemi - meaning born during father's absence
- Ikenna - meaning father's power
- Zawadi - meaning gift
Each of the four names pay homage to the young calf's father, Travis. The calf's name will be selected based on the name that receives the highest donation total. Visitors can cast their votes through Labor Day, September 4, 2017.
The Future for Wildlife Fund helps protect giraffes by addressing poaching and illegal snaring, translocating animals to secure endangered populations, and also conducting studies on population and disease.
The current giraffe population globally is estimated to be less than 80,000. Their numbers are declining across Africa - the population has decreased by nearly 40% in the last 15 years.
The male calf was born weighing approximately 160 pounds and standing over six feet tall. He was introduced into the outdoor exhibit alongside his mother, Jhasmin, on Wednesday, August 16, and has continued to show positive signs of development. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is currently home to five African Masai Giraffe.
CLEVELAND METROPARKS ZOO
Since 1995, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has contributed more than $6 million to wildlife conservation efforts in partnership with Cleveland Zoological Society. Each year the Zoo contributes more than $600,000 annually to conservation programs, the vast majority come from community donations. While visiting Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, guests can take action to secure a future for wildlife. Visitors can donate through 'Quarters for Conservation,' 'round-up' for conservation programs at Zoo retail locations and donate to the Zoo's Wildlife Conservation Fund. To learn more or join our conservation community, visit futureforwildlife.org
Cleveland Metroparks Media Contact:
Director of Communications Jacqueline Gerling
External Communications Coordinator Jeffrey Tolman