September 25, 2012

CONTACT: Kyle Shepherd

(Media Cell for press inquiries only: 502-744-5639)



Zoo Guests to Vote on Giraffe

Contest presented by Floyd Memorial Birthing Center

Over 1500 names were submitted in the Zoo’s Giraffe naming contest presented by Floyd Memorial Birthing Center.

The zookeepers who care for the giraffe narrowed the names down to three:

Silvester – Named for longtime giraffe keeper Silvia Zirkelbach who shares a birthday with the giraffe calf.

Cassius – Named for Louisville’s own Muhammad Ali.

Rudy –  Named for Sean Astin’s character in the movie Rudy. Astin recently visited the Zoo and met the new giraffe when it was just days old.

Now,  Zoo visitors have the final vote. Now through October 14 guests are invited to vote for their favorite name by means of a kiosk placed on the Zoo’s front plaza. Votes can be placed by making a contribution via coins or bills into the slot representing their favorite name. The name with the highest total donations will be declared the winner and announced the week of October 15. All proceeds support the Zoo’s efforts to provide excellent care for animals, a great experience for our guests and a better future for all living things.

The grand prize winner will receive a prize package valued over $350 including a behind-the-scenes tour (for up to 5) and rare bonding session with the giraffe plus the same prize package gifted to the two alternate finalists.  The alternate prize package is valued at $140 and features Zoo gifts and a tote bag from Floyd Memorial Birthing Center and four Zoo Adventure Tickets.


A male Masai Giraffe was born on June 27, 2012 at the Zoo to mother Malaika and dad Walker. The new calf was born at 6’6’’ and 194 lbs and is on exhibit daily weather-permitting.

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The Louisville Zoo, a non-profit organization and state zoo of Kentucky, is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM) and by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA.