Meet Iggy: The Virginia Zoo Names Its Baby Giraffe


The Virginia Zoo has chosen the winner of its giraffe naming contest after over 3,000 Hampton Roads residents weighed in.

The giraffe’s name, Iggy, was submitted by multiple participants, so those who suggested the name were entered into a random drawing to win four tickets to the zoo plus a swag bag full of goodies.

Participants who submitted the name “Iggy” should check their email to see if they’re the lucky winner.

The zoo asked people to submit their favorite names that started with an “I” from Monday, June 19 through Friday, June 23.

“We appreciate all the members of the community that participated in naming the baby. This naming contest gives our community the opportunity to be a part of the zoo family,” comments Greg Bockheim, Executive Director. “The zoo staff has been anxiously awaiting to call this baby giraffe by name.”

Iggy was born to mom Imara and dad Billy on June 4. At birth, she weighed in at 149 pounds and stood 5 feet 11 inches tall.

Iggy has a birth defect called carpal laxity, where her front limbs appear to bow slightly backwards as she walks.

“The calf has thrived in Imara’s care and is very strong. The vet staff and her keepers observed a huge improvement in her legs within the first weeks and her carpal laxity has now completely resolved.” said Dr. Colleen Clabbers, the zoo’s veterinarian.

You can see Iggy along with Imara, Billy and Noel together in the Africa-Okavango Delta section of the zoo.

The zoo is currently running a Zoodoption special for both Imara and her baby girl, where zoo fans can donate $50 and contribute to their care and feeding for one year, including the purchase of treats, toys and supplies.