You Can Now Help Name Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's New Baby Giraffe

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After welcoming a new baby giraffe into the world last week, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo announced today how the public can help pick his name.

Four boxes placed outside of the giraffe exhibit represent the various options. By giving a small donation to the Future For Wildlife Fund, an organization dedicated to protecting endangered species, you can cast a vote for your favorite name in the appropriate box.

Here are the options:
- Abidemi (meaning born during father's absence)
- Ikenna (meaning father's strength)
- Ogbonna (meaning image of father)
- Zawadi (meaning gift)



The naming process runs now until Labor Day. The names honor the baby's father Travis, who passed away last summer.

For now, the 12-day-old baby and his mother Jhasmin will spend most of their time privately bonding as he grows.



Zoo officials also confirmed yesterday the birth of two red panda brothers. These furry babies are currently cozy inside their nesting box, but are expected to explore the rest of the exhibit soon in view of the public.

By summer 2018, the pandas will have a new home inside the zoo's new Asian Highlands exhibit. This $4.5 million dollar habitat is expected to enhance the lives of the animals and create a more engaging experience for visitors.


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