Imara? Safara? Willow? Ruby? Opal? Dottie?

The Maryland Zoo wants your help naming their new baby giraffe (arguably, Baltimore’s biggest baby of 2017!).

Born two weeks ago, the female reticulated giraffe calf is 6’1” tall and weighs over 125 pounds. According to the Zoo, she and mom Juma are bonding quietly behind the scenes while the rest of the herd is watching them with great curiosity. “First-time mother Juma is very attentive and patient with her calf, and both appear healthy,” said the Zoo in a recent press release. This new calf is the first giraffe to be born at the Zoo in over 20 years.

But before she meets the public, this calf needs a name!

Members of the Giraffe House animal care team have proposed six names and the public is invited to vote for their favorite name through the Zoo’s website. Voting is open now thru 8:00 am Thursday, February 23. You can vote once per day, and the winning name will be announced later this week!

So which of the following names will you vote for? Don’t forget to get the kids in on the voting action!

Imara (ee MAH rah): which means strong, resolute in Swahili
Safara (sah FAR ah): a name of African origin which means fire
Willow: willow trees are slender and graceful, like the newborn calf
Ruby: because she’s a rare and precious gem
Opal: a name from Sanskrit literally meaning “jewel”
Dottie: because she has a dark dot positioned just above each hoof

VOTE NOW