Following a relatively close vote, the Indianapolis Zoo is excited to announce that Kendi has been chosen as the name for its newest addition, a male reticulated giraffe calf.
Facebook fans were invited to choose from three options preselected by Zookeepers, and Kendi, an African name meaning “loved one,” received about 42 percent of the votes in the recently concluded poll. Voting began Nov. 20, and ended on Dec. 4. The chosen name was announced on the Indianapolis Zoo’s Facebook page.
More than 5,100 votes were tallied during the two-week poll. Thousands of people from across the United States, Canada and even the United Kingdom participated, although the majority were Facebook fans from throughout Central Indiana.
Kendi was born at 4:35 a.m. Nov. 8 to 3-year-old first-time mother Kita. The male calf weighed 137 pounds. The Zoo’s giraffe herd, which is now up to five, will spend much of the winter inside its climate-controlled indoor facility. The new family is expected to make its public debut in the spring, and at that time, guests will have an opportunity to meet members of the herd up close during public feeds.
For more info on the Zoo, go to www.indianapoliszoo.com