Giraffe Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Name to Be Decided by Vote

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The Masai giraffe population at Disney’s Animal Kingdom has a new addition, and it’s up to you to help decide her name.

The calf was born to parents Kenya and George on October 1st. The pair was selected as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Program (SSP), which works to ensure responsible breeding of endangered and threatened species. She joins her sister Aella, who was born in June. The calf is currently backstage bonding with her mother, but is expected to be on view at Kilimanjaro Safaris before the end of the year.

The one thing this baby giraffe doesn’t have yet is a name. The animal care team has selected four potential names, each from a Swahili word, and fans can vote for a name at the Disney Parks Blog. The names are:

  • Dafina (Swahili for “treasure”)
  • Milima (Swahili for “mountain”)
  • Amira (Swahili for “princess”)
  • Naima (Swahili for “graceful”)

Masai giraffes are considered a vulnerable species native to Kenya and Tanzania, with around 32,000 left in the wild. Population numbers have been on the decline due to poaching and habitat loss.

Keep your eyes on WDWNT as we update you on the story, including the winning name and when the calf debuts at Kilimanjaro Safaris.

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Jason Diffendal

Jason has been a lifelong fan of the Disney parks since his first visit at age 2. His biennial pilgrimages during his childhood accelerated into semi-annual visits by the year 2000, when he also Joined the Disney Vacation Club. Luckily, Jason’s bride-to-be was also a Disney fan, which allowed his infatuation with the Disney parks to continue, and ultimately culminated in their wedding at Disney's Wedding Pavilion in September 2003. Early in 2007, Jason began his involvement with the planning for what became Celebration 25, the unofficial fan gathering to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Epcot®. Soon thereafter, Jason met Tom Corless at a pin trading meet in New Jersey, and became part of the WDW News Today podcast starting with Episode 17. Jason has been involved with the WDWNT Network ever since, and can't seem to escape no matter how hard he tries.
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