25 March 2011

Zoo's baby giraffe is named

Zoo's baby giraffe is named | News Update

THE baby giraffe born at Johannesburg Zoo at the beginning of the year, has been named Thato.

Meaning "will" in Sesotho [Rethabile says, as in "thy will be done"], the name was chosen through a competition in which the public could suggest names for the new born.

The winning name came from Sheila Osman and her five-year-old grandson Nabeel, who are regular visitors at the zoo. They chose it because of its special significance to the boy and his family – Nabeel's late grandfather use to call him Thato.

"They will both receive complimentary annual passes for their contribution," says Candice Segal, the zoo's acting brand and communications manager.

Thato was born on 11 January to mother Gia and father Jerry, bringing the zoo's giraffe population to five. That family is expected to grow still further.

"Joburg Zoo is expecting another addition to the giraffe herd later this year and is currently caring for many other animal babies born recently," Segal explains.