NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - The Virginia Zoo needs your help naming their newest baby giraffe.
The Zoo announced Monday that a naming contest will be held through July 7 to name the male calf born June 6.
"Masai giraffe are the largest subspecies of giraffe and that tallest land mammal on Earth," said Greg Bockheim, the Zoo's executive director, in a news release. "We hope the naming contest will get people interested in this remarkable animal, its native habitat and what we can do to help conserve wild species at home and around the world."
The Zoo wants people to suggest names through the "Name the Baby Giraffe" link on their website . Once the contest ends on July 7, the Zoo staff will vote on the baby's name from the top five suggestions.
The person who suggests the winning name will win a $200 Zoo gift shop shopping spree.
The baby giraffe weighed 150 pounds and measured 6'4" at birth and appears to be healthy, according to the Zoo's veterinarian, Dr. Amanda Gurthrie.
The calf and his mom Imara and father Billy can be visited in the Zoo's Africa -- Okavango Delta exhibit. The baby is Imara's third born.
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