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Zoo launches naming competition for giraffe calves

Male giraffe born on 7th October – Photo: Africa Alive!

Africa Alive! is asking for members of the public to help name their two newly born giraffe calves with two winners receiving a free ticket and a giraffe feeding experience.

Located in Kessingland the zoo, which is run by the Zoological Society of East Anglia, recently welcomed two reticulated baby giraffes with a male giraffe calf born on Wednesday 7th October and a female giraffe calf born on Friday 23rd October.

The competition commences on Monday 16th November and will run until Friday 4th December, with entries being made on the zoo’s #WildAboutSurvival JustGiving page.

Keepers will choose the winning names shortly after the closing date, which will then be announced on Africa Alive’s social media pages.

Claudia Roberts, Joint Managing Director, said: “The births of the reticulated giraffe calves at Africa Alive has brought some joyful news at an otherwise difficult time for our zoos.

“Although we are now closed to the public due to the second national lockdown, the donations we are receiving from our amazing guests and members of the public are invaluable to the survival of our zoos. We can’t wait to hear all of the lovely name suggestions and are excited to choose new names for our adorable giraffe calves.”

The reticulated giraffes at Africa Alive are part of a European Endangered breeding programme. Both calves were born just 17 days apart without complications, with the male calf born to mother Kibibi and female calf born to mother Kiara.

The zoo’s Conservation Education Manager, Sara Goatcher, has created a short story about a baby giraffe who is searching for its name and the journey they take around the zoo, asking for help from its fellow zoo residents to find a new name.

The story has been created into a video and will be shared in line with the naming competition. A minimum donation of £1 is required to name one of the giraffes, or £2 minimum donation to name both giraffes.

Entries can be made by donating to the JustGiving page and commenting the suggested name in the comments section. Entrants must allow JustGiving to share their email address with the Zoological Society of East Anglia in order to be contacted should they be a winner.

To enter the competition, visit: to make your donation and submit your suggested names.


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