The Virginia Zoo’s baby giraffe is named…

The Virginia Zoo asked the public to choose a name for its baby giraffe and the results are in! Joshua is his name.

The Zoo staff selected its favorite names from all the submissions, then the public voted. Sebastian came in second, followed by Jabari.

“We appreciate the almost 4,000 people that participated in naming the baby. This naming contest gives our community the opportunity to be a part of the Zoo family,” said Greg Bockheim, Executive Director. “The Zoo staff has been anxiously awaiting to call this baby giraffe by name.”

Imara gave birth to the Masai giraffe calf on July 23. It weighed 152 pounds and was more than 6-feet tall. Males can reach heights up to 18 feet and females grow to 14 feet.

You can visit mother Imara, father Billy, baby Joshua and Noelly at the Virginia Zoo’s Africa-Okavango Delta exhibit.

Baby boy giraffe born at Va. Zoo in July. (Photo courtesy: Virginia Zoo)
Baby boy giraffe born at Va. Zoo in July. (Photo courtesy: Virginia Zoo)
Mom (Imara), Dad (Billy), baby Joshua and Noelly can all be visited in the Zoo's Africa – Okavango Delta exhibit.(Photo courtesy: Virginia Zoo)
Mom (Imara), Dad (Billy), baby Joshua and Noelly can all be visited in the Zoo’s Africa – Okavango Delta exhibit.(Photo courtesy: Virginia Zoo)
Virginia Zoo’s baby giraffe exploring the Okavango Delta exhibit.  (Photo courtesy: Virginia Zoo)
Virginia Zoo’s baby giraffe exploring the Okavango Delta exhibit. (Photo courtesy: Virginia Zoo)