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Omaha zoo releases name of baby giraffe

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium announced the name of their baby giraffe on Tuesday.
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium announced the name of their baby giraffe on Tuesday.(Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium)
Published: Oct. 19, 2021 at 1:38 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Back in August, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium welcomed the birth of a healthy baby giraffe, growing the zoo’s herd to 10.

The baby was born to first-time mother Betty Francis and father Jawara, who has sired five calves. The naming privileges were auctioned off in September at the zoo’s annual Zoofari Fundraiser and were announced Tuesday.

The baby giraffe’s name is Arthur, says Diane Kohout, the zoo’s communications manager. Arthur has already grown upwards of seven feet and currently weighs 320 pounds.

The youngest member of our giraffe herd has a name. Say hello to Arthur, everyone! Lately, our keepers find him to be...

Posted by Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium on Thursday, October 21, 2021

Arthur, Betty Francis, and Jawara are Reticulated Giraffes, which are on the endangered species list. Arthur and Betty Francis can be viewed inside the giraffe barn.

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