Viewing And Naming Of Baby Giraffe Scheduled

Peoria Zoo

Peoria Zoo officials have released a timeline for public viewing of the baby giraffe born at the zoo Jan. 7.

Officials say baby and mom, Vivian, are bonding in their home in the Africa! exhibit. Weather and health permitting, the public will be able start seeing the giraffes in their quarters Feb. 1.

Beginning Jan. 26, the public will have the opportunity to begin voting on the name of the baby.

Votes can be placed on the Peoria Zoo website for a $1 donation with a portion of the proceeds supporting the Giraffe Conservation Fund. Remaining proceeds will be used for the care and enrichment of the baby, mother Vivian, father Taji and brother Finely.

Voting will remain open for a month and the winning name will be announced during a news conference at the zoo March 1.

The Peoria Zoo will continue to provide photo and video updates on its social media sites and website when possible.

Below is a video of the baby giraffe’s birth, provided by the Peoria Zoo staff.

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