April the Giraffe update: Zoo announces baby’s name

9:09 a.m. Monday, May 1, 2017 National/World News
FILE - In this April 15, 2017, file photo, provided by Animal Adventure Park in Binghamton, N.Y., a giraffe named April licks her new calf. (Animal Adventure Park via AP, File)

Animal Adventure Park has announced the name of April the giraffe’s long-awaited calf.

April’s calf has been named “Tajiri” after an online voting contest that ended April 30. Voters decided that a zookeeper, identified as Alyssa, would ultimately decide the name.

“‘Tajiri’ is a Swahili name for both ‘hope’ and ‘confidence,’” zookeeper Alyssa announced on Facebook Live video posted on May 1.

Alyssa said the name was selected due to the hope and confidence that animal conservationists and zookeepers have in the future of the giraffe species.

According to the website AfricanLanguages.com, “tajiri” means “rich.”

April the giraffe gave birth to her calf on April 15. The zoo’s livestream of April’s pregnancy went viral after millions of viewers tuned in.

During the Facebook Live, April, Tajiri and father Oliver walked around in the background. Tajiri’s  

Watch the Facebook Live here:

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