N.Y. zoo names giraffe calf Tajiri for ‘hope’ though means ‘rich’


NEW YORK What’s in a name?

Tajiri was picked as a leader of a fixing competition for a baby giraffe whose prolonged expected birth, hooves first, was watched online final month by millions tuning into his mom April’s coop during Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York.

Zoo owners Jordan Patch, announcing a name on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Monday, pronounced a Swahili word was selected for a forward-looking definition when translated into English.

“Tajiri is a word in Swahili that means hope,” Patch said, as he fed carrots to Apr while Tajiri looked on.

But it seems no one in Harpursville had a compendium of East Africa’s Kiswahili denunciation handy, as a interpretation of Tajiri is “rich” or “wealthy.”

Hope is customarily translated as “tarajio” or “matumaini.”

April lifted a “significant amount” of income from viewers worldwide who were enraptured by her 16-month pregnancy, Patch said. Those donations will be used for charge efforts as good as giraffe maintain during a zoo, he said.

The fixing competition was narrowed to 10 finalists and a winner, “Tajiri,” was nominated by Allysa Swilley, a zoo’s giraffe keeper, Patch said.

“They picked that name since they wish that we can continue brazen this summary of charge for sustainability and refuge of giraffes in a furious and also the efforts in captivity,” Patch said.

The zoo did not immediately respond to a Reuters ask for comment.

The calf, nicknamed “Taj,” was 6-feet high (1.8-meters) and weighed about 150 pounds (70 kg) when he was innate on Apr 15.

(Reporting by Barbara Goldberg in New York; Additional stating by George Obulutsa in Kenya; Editing by Daniel Wallis and Steve Orlofsky)


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