Help name Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's 200th giraffe calf

By Ellie Mulder Updated: April 13, 2018 at 9:12 am • Published: April 12, 2018 0

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's staff is anxiously awaiting the arrival of the 200th giraffe to be born at the zoo.

In the meantime, they're asking for help naming the calf.

For a $5 donation, submit a pair of names - one for a girl and one for a boy - at cmzoo.org/name.

"All proceeds benefit the enrichment and care of our giraffe herd," a zoo Facebook post says. "All submitted names will be reviewed by zoo staff, and five names will be chosen for a public vote after the calf is born."

Two of the zoo's giraffes - 20-year-old Muziki and 10-year-old Laikipia - are due to give birth within weeks, "but just like humans, they can sometimes give birth earlier than anticipated," a zoo news release said Monday. Their calves will be the 200th and 201st born at the zoo.

A camera has been set up in the pregnant giraffes' birthing stall, active online 24 hours a day.

The camera is expected to be most active between 4 p.m. and 9 a.m., because the pregnant giraffes often stay with the rest of the herd during daytime "until we see signs of the actual birthing process," the release says. Other giraffes or zookeepers might be in the stall during the day.

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