|News Releases - Local Events|
|Written by Marc Heinzman|
|Tuesday, 03 July 2012 09:48|
Coal Valley, IL – July 3, 2012 - Niabi Zoo has announced a naming contest for their female baby giraffe which was born on June 1, 2012.
Three finalist names have been chosen for zoo visitors to vote on and choose their favorite. The naming contest will run for the entire month of July, with the winning name announced on August 1st.
With this format, zoo visitors who vote will not just be choosing a name for the new giraffe, but will also be supporting the zoo. “We’re asking visitors to cast their vote with their pocket change,” says Zoo Director Marc Heinzman, “and the name with the highest dollar amount will win.” According to Heinzman, all proceeds raised from the naming contest will go toward Niabi Zoo’s efforts to build a new elephant enclosure.
The three finalist name choices and their meanings are Jabali (Strong as a Rock), Wally (a zookeeper favorite choice), and Kofi (Born on a Friday). The ballot boxes are located inside the giraffe building at Niabi Zoo, in front of the indoor giraffe viewing area.
Niabi Zoo is open seven days a week from 9:30 to 5:00 pm. The giraffes will be on display until approximately 4:00 pm each day.
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