Monday, July 30: We are excited to announce the winning name of our voting contest: Rafiki (Swahili for “friend”)! 

With nearly 16,000 people recording their votes, over 6,000 voted for Rafiki. It will still be at least a couple of weeks before we see Rafiki and mother, Imara, out on the Savanna but we will continue to post updates about the pair through our social media!

Loads of cuteness coming your way!

The Phoenix Zoo welcomed a female baby Masai (pronounced Muh-sigh) giraffe on Tuesday, June 26. She is being extremely well cared for by her very protective mother, Imara.

Imara and the baby will remain in the giraffe barn until the calf is old enough to be introduced to other animals and go out on the Savanna.

Imara is a seven-year-old Masai giraffe and arrived at the Zoo in 2012 as recommended by the Masai Giraffe Species Survival Plan to breed with our nine-year-old male Masai giraffe, Miguu (pronounced Mee-goo). Miguu came to Phoenix in 2010 from the Los Angeles Zoo.

This is the Zoo’s second giraffe birth in the past year. Siku, a female Masai giraffe, was born last September to mom, Sunshine.