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The Dallas Zoo's Famous Baby Giraffe Has A Name: Kipenzi

Apr 24, 2015

The Dallas Zoo’s baby giraffe has a name: Kipenzi. And she’ll soon start appearing outdoors at the zoo.

The name was announced this morning on the Animal Planet livestream. The network has been streaming Kipenzi and her mom, Katie, for several weeks. Kipenzi was born earlier this month – a birth that was aired live on TV and streamed on the internet courtesy of Animal Planet.

Katie has become a celebrity and the zoo has been inundated with messages.

Kipenzi (pronounced kih-PEHN-zee) means “loved one” in Swahili, the zoo says.

Folks got to vote online for the name – the other contenders were Adia (uh-DEE-uh) and Kanzi (KAHN-zee).

Starting at 8 p.m., Reunion Tower in Dallas will light up with her name, as well as a giraffe pattern.

“We’re elated that so many people voted on the name of Katie’s calf,” Gregg Hudson, the Dallas Zoo’s president and chief executive officer, said in a statement. “Because so many asked for the baby to be named after their loved ones, ‘Kipenzi’ is a perfect choice to honor the spirit of those heartfelt requests.”

The web cameras will stay on until 7 a.m. Monday.

Starting early next week, Kipenzi will make regular appearances outdoors, depending on the weather, the zoo says.

Watch the livestream here

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