Following the viral sensation that was the live-streamed birth of April the Giraffe’s calf on April 15, the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, announced Monday on Good Morning America that her baby giraffe has been given the name Tajiri.
Park owner Jordan Patch explained that the moniker, chosen by two of his employees, means "hope" in Swahili. "They picked that name because they hope that we can continue forward this message of conservation and for sustainability and preservation of giraffes in the wild," added Patch.
"The name also stands for 'confidence'--which, our calf is very, very confident." While the park had held an online competition to choose the baby's name, Us Weekly reports that fans decided a caretaker should pick the name. The creature will go by "Taj" for short.