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Cameron Park Zoo announces name of baby giraffe

Cameron Park Zoo giraffe
Posted at 3:06 PM, Feb 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-11 16:06:03-05

WACO, TX — He has a name!

Cameron Park Zoo announced Thursday its newest baby giraffe has been named Zeke.

The public selected the name, which means "Strength of God," through a naming contest. The choice came down to Zeke, Prince or Duke.

Each participant paid $5 per vote, and the money raised was donated to the Giraffe Conservation Fundraiser. The naming contest raised $1,754 for the organization.

Penelope, the zoo's female Masai giraffe, gave birth to her first calf on January 22 at 4:02 p.m. Zeke is a boy and came in at 135 pounds and six feet tall.

He is the first giraffe born in 20 years at Cameron Park Zoo and the first Masai birth.

The Masai giraffe is the largest subspecies of giraffe. They are often found in Central and Southern Kenya and in Tanzania. You can spot a Masai giraffe based on their distinctive, irregular, jagged, star-like blotches that extend to their hooves.