Finds & Happenings: It’s a Boy at the Nashville Zoo!

Nashville Zoo

Nashville Zoo is proud to announce the birth of a male Masai giraffe. The calf was born Thursday, July 9, weighing 171 lbs. and standing 6 feet, 6 inches tall. He and mom Margarita are doing well in the Zoo’s state-of-the-art giraffe barn.

“While this is Margarita’s fourth calf, it is actually the first male born here at Nashville Zoo,” said Lanny Brown, mammal curator. “Masai giraffes are not very common at zoos, so his birth is great news for the captive population.”

The giraffe will make his public debut on Saturday, July 25. At this time, the Zoo will also launch a naming contest that lets guests vote for their favorite of three options using a pair of old blue jeans. The three options are: Mkali – Swahili for “bright;” Mahali – Swahili for “spot;” Enzi – Swahili for “powerful.”

See the Nashville Zoo Facebook for the winning name and updates.

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