October 17, 2012
Updated: October 26, 2012

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Introducing  “Silvester”

Zoo Visitors Choose Name of Giraffe Calf

The Louisville Zoo’s newest giraffe calf has a name — “Silvester” — named after longtime giraffe keeper Silvia Zirkelbach, who shares a birthday with the calf. Names were submitted by Zoo patrons in a contest sponsored by Floyd Memorial Birthing Center, and giraffe keepers narrowed the names to three for public voting. Zoo visitors had until October 14 to vote for their favorite name by dropping coins and bills at a naming kiosk on the Zoo’s Front Plaza. Callie Myers from Louisville submitted the name.

Silvester, a male Masai giraffe, was born on June 27, 2012 and was 6’6” tall and 194 lbs. at birth.  Silvester is on exhibit daily, weather permitting.

The Louisville Zoo has had a successful giraffe breeding program over the years and this calf is the 22nd to be born in the Zoo’s 43 year history.

All of the proceeds of the naming contest will go to the care and feeding of Silvester and the other animals at the Zoo.

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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.