First Masai Giraffe Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Has a Name Thanks to Disney Parks Blog Fans

Earlier this summer a baby giraffe was born at Disney's Animal Kingdom - the very first Masai giraffe born at the park - and of course he needed a name. Not just any name would suit this little guy, so the Disney Parks Blog set up a contest to have the fans pick a name.

There was a list of names chosen by the animal care team and readers of the blog had a few days to make their picks.

And then on July 31, the winning name was revealed - and it's Mosi, which means "first." Seems like a fitting name for the first Masai calf born at the park. Other choices popular with fans were Baraka ("blessing") and Shingo ("long neck").

Mosi has journeyed out into the Kilmanjaro Safari's savannah with his mom, so the next time you're at the Animal Kingdom keep an eye out for the little guy. You'll find him with the other Masai giraffes and reticulated giraffes roaming the Safari's savannah.

And if you aren't sure about the differences between Masai and reticulated subspecies of giraffes, here's a hint: The Masai giraffe's coat features jagged-edge patches of dark brown on a cream background, while the reticulated giraffe's coat features a pattern of defined patches that are usually orangish-brown separated by white lines. Also, the lower part of their legs are lighter in color.

Story by Traci C., Source

J wrote on Wed, 08/21/2013 - 10:15:

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Saw him last week. Big baby!

Kristen K. wrote on Wed, 08/21/2013 - 14:12:

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Such a sweetie though!

KenJ wrote on Thu, 08/22/2013 - 01:15:

So cute! I love giraffes!

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