Great Plains Zoo’s baby giraffe named ‘Ella’

From the Great Plains Zoo:

Great Plains Zoo’s baby giraffe named ‘ella’

When it came to a name for the baby Reticulated Giraffe at the Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History, it seems “Ella” was head and shoulders above the rest.

“Ella,” received the majority of the nearly 500 ballots cast in the Zoo’s Name the Baby Giraffe Contest held over a two-week period.  Zoo staff compiled a list of names for the public to choose from.

After a 15-month gestation, “Ella” was born July 31 to 11-year-old “Libby”.  At birth, she weighed 155 pounds and was 67 inches tall.  The calf and her mother can be seen on the Zoo’s African Savannah.

“Part of the Zoo’s mission is to foster relationships between our guests and the natural world,” said Elizabeth Whealy, President and CEO of the Great Plains Zoo.  “Helping to name the baby giraffe offers visitors an opportunity for a closer connection to the animals they see at the Zoo.”

The Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the last admission at 4 p.m. Visit the Zoo online at or call 605-367-7003 for more information about the Zoo and Museum.

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