April the Giraffe's Adorable Calf Finally Has a Name
The baby giraffe that captured the hearts of the world has a name! Jordan Patch, the owner of Animal Adventure Park, announced today on Good Morning America that April the Giraffe's baby boy's has been given a moniker: Tajiri.
"Tajiri is a word in Swahili that means hope," Patch explained. "The name also stands for confidence, which our calf is—very, very confident."
After narrowing the options down to 10 names—Patches, Gio, Unity, and Noah among them—the zoo allowed fans to vote on a winner. In the end, voters chose "Allysa's choice," referring to Allysa Swilley, the zoo's giraffe keeper.
Swilley, who according to ABC News, led the care for April over the 16 months of her pregnancy, chose the name Tajiri for the not-so-little calf with the help of other park officials.
"They picked that name because they hope that we can continue forward this message of conservation for sustainability and preservation of giraffes in the wild and also our efforts in captivity," Patch said, adding that the calf will be nicknamed "Taj."
Patch was thrilled to report that Taj is "doing great," and already stands taller than six feet. Talk about a bouncing baby boy!