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Name the Baby Zebra Contest
May - June 2013

The Louisville Zoo’s newest Zebra foal has a name — “Ziva” — named for the character on the hit CBS show NCIS. Ziva’s new name ties into the foal’s father’s name – Gibbs – also a character on NCIS. 

Public voting wrapped up June 23. Zoo visitors submitted  5000 names and Zoo keepers narrowed the names to three – ABBY, KATNISS and ZIVA. The public then voted on the names by dropping their coins and dollars into the appropriate slot at a kiosk on the Zoo’s Front Plaza.

Ziva is the first Hartmann’s mountain zebra foal to be born at the Zoo in 13 years. Born to Morena and Gibbs, the 72 lb. foal was birthed on January 18, 2013 at 2:45 a.m. You can see Ziva daily weather-permitting.

Zack Vannarsdall from Carrollton, KY submitted the winning name. Vannarsdall will now get a behind the scenes tour and rare bonding session with Ziva. He will also take home four Louisville Zoo Adventure tickets, items from the Zoo's gift shop and a commemorative video DVD documenting our orphaned polar bear cub, Qannik's first year of life and journey to Louisville.

Cathyrn Bailey from new Albany, IN and Ally French from Shelbyville, KY will also take home a prize package for submitting the semi-finalists names – Abby and Katniss. Their prize package includes four Louisville Zoo Adventure tickets, items from the Zoo's gift shop and a commemorative video DVD documenting our orphaned polar bear cub, Qannik's first year of life and journey to Louisville.