San Diego Zoo Safari Park announces the name of a giraffe child born April 4.
The name of the female calf winner – after a week of online polling of more than 18,000 voters – is Zahara, said San Diego Global Zoo officials.
This name comes from Arabic. Another name that can be chosen by voters in the poll is Zeena.
Zahara was born to Zawadi’s first mother.
Although the Safari Park and the San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park were temporarily closed after the coronavirus pandemic, the visitors Taman Safari website can watch Zahara on Giraffe Cam while he explores his home.
“These calves are usually very calm and collected,” said Matt Galvin, a wildlife care specialist at Taman Safari. “Not much to bother him. He is usually content to sleep in the shade while adults roam nearby, but we sometimes pay attention, he is too excited and zooms in through the savanna.”
It is estimated by scientists that there are less than 100,000 giraffes left in their natural habitat, a decrease of more than 40% over the past 20 years, the researchers said.
“Even though overall the giraffe’s status is bleak, we see signs of hope with some giraffe populations, making us believe that our efforts are indeed successful,” said David O’Connor, a researcher for the San Diego Zoo Global.