April the Giraffe’s Baby Has New Name; But Here’s What It Means

May 01, 2017May 01, 2017

After a fan voting contest, April the Giraffe’s baby has a new name!

Fans of the Animal Adventure Park’s YouTube Live star got to pick from nine potential names for the newborn calf, but fans chose the 10th option: Let the calf’s caretaker Allysa decide.

Allysa chose “Tajiri,” or “Taj” for short. Here’s what that name means:

In case you couldn’t hear it clearly in the video, Allysa said Tajiri is Swahili for “hope and confidence.”

“We are confident that we can move into a future where we have giraffes... Your children will have giraffes in their future,” Allysa added.

Voting for Tajiri’s name required a $1 donation to support the upcoming New York zoo, aid out local children in need, and to help protect giraffes in the wild in Africa.

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