April the Giraffe's Newborn Calf Gets a Name! Meet Tajiri

The day has finally arrived

By Samantha Schnurr May 01, 2017 1:03 PMTags
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April the Giraffe's son finally has a name. 

Meet Tajiri! The newborn calf has officially been given the Swahili moniker, which means "hope" and "confidence." Fans can call him Taj for short. 

"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," the newborn's keeper Allysa Swilley said in a live Facebook video. "We have been able to say we're losing giraffes at an incredibly fast rate and we have given the species a hope."

The mother-son duo became such a public sensation, Animal Adventure Park hosted a baby-naming contest to let the Internet help name the newborn. 

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Fans could submit any name at nameaprilscalf.com. Submissions cost $1 each with a minimum of five submissions. When voting was over, the zoo shared the top 10 selections and then voting resumed to pick the final name. Among the final contenders were Ollie, Apollo, Noah, Gio and Unity, but fans ultimately voted for Alyssa's Choice and she made the final selection. 

Proceeds from the contest will go toward the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, Animal Adventure Park and Ava's Little Heroes, a charity that assists families with medical costs. 

Nice to meet you, Taj!