Nameless No More: Meet 'Kopano,' The Dallas Zoo's Giraffe | KERA News

Nameless No More: Meet 'Kopano,' The Dallas Zoo's Giraffe

Nov 10, 2014

After two weeks without a name, the public has chosen the moniker for the Dallas Zoo's new giraffe. 

Online voters chose "Kopano," which means "united" in the Tswana language of Botswana. An anonymous bidder bought the naming rights to Kopano and left the final choice up to the public. 

Kopano's birth was announced Oct. 29. The giraffe is already 6 feet tall and weighs 120 pounds. The newborn is a reticulated giraffe, which according to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, is a species with fewer than 4,700 left in the wild.

Watch Kopano bond with his mother, Chrystal: 

The last giraffe calf born at the Dallas Zoo in 2011.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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