Santa Barbara Zoo Announces Giraffe Calf Naming Contest!

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The public is invited to help the Santa Barbara Zoo choose a name for the new female giraffe calf that was born last month. The Santa Barbara Zoo staff have narrowed the names down to two contenders to choose from:

  • Malia – selected to honor this calf’s parents, Michael & Adia. Malia has multiple origins and many meanings, including translating to “queen” in Swahili.
  • Indira – selected to honor a Santa Barbara Zoo docent who has volunteered for the Zoo for more than 20 years.

Voting is now open, and the public is encouraged to participate in selecting the new calf’s name by clicking here: closes at midnight on Sunday, December 10.

The new calf is growing and thriving, and now regularly spending time in the giraffe habitat with the rest of the herd.The new calf is generously sponsored by Premier Foster Feeders Nora McNeely Hurley & Michael Hurley, and Adia is sponsored in loving memory of Polly Blackburn. For information on how to support the giraffe herd, click here.

About the Santa Barbara Zoo

The Santa Barbara Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. for members and 9:30 a.m. for general admission until 5 p.m.; general admission is $25 for adults, $15 for children 2-12, and free for children under 2. Parking is $11. The Santa Barbara Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). AZA zoos are dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great visitor experience, and a better future for all living things. With more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation and is the public’s link to helping animals in their native habitats. Visit


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