The Votes Are In! April the Giraffe's Baby Finally Gets a Name
The public ultimately decided the baby's caretaker, Allysa, should make the final choice.
The results are in!
Following a nationwide vote, April the giraffe's baby boy finally has a name: Tajiri.
The Animal Adventure Park in New York announced the name Monday morning following two rounds of votes. The public ultimately decided the baby's caretaker, Allysa, should make the final choice.
With the help of fellow keeper Corey, she picked "Tajiri."
"Tajiri was really what spoke to us," she explained in a Facebook Live video Monday. "Now, Tajiri is Swahili for both hope and confidence. Hope is something that Tajiri has not only brought you guys as a community globally now but it is a hope for giraffes. We have been able to give giraffes a voice."
She added: "Not only that, but we have also given that name 'confidence.' We are confident that we can move into a future where we have giraffes... Your children will have giraffes in their future."
The baby will be known as "Taj" for short, the zoo added.
After the baby's highly anticipated birth was livestreamed April 15, the zoo gave fans the chance to vote for his name. Following two rounds of voting, the zoo released the top 10 names, with "Allysa's choice" among them.
Each vote cost $1, with funds going to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, Ava's Little Heroes, and the park itself.
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