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Birmingham Zoo's baby giraffe named "Griffin"

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The Birmingham Zoo announced that it has named its newest resident, a baby giraffe, Griffin. (Birmingham Zoo Photo) The Birmingham Zoo announced that it has named its newest resident, a baby giraffe, Griffin. (Birmingham Zoo Photo)
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The newest member of the Birmingham Zoo now has a name. "Griffin" was chosen as the name for the baby, male, reticulated giraffe.  The zoo held a Facebook naming contest.  "Griffin" beat the other options of "Kwame" and "Patton."  

The naming contest began January 6th.  Those "following" the Birmingham Zoo on social media were asked to vote up until noon, January 13th.  The pre-selected name options came from ZooKeepers.  More than 2,800 votes were submitted.
As a way of thanking the community for participating, the Birmingham Zoo is awarding one voter to receive a one-year Family Membership package to the Birmingham Zoo and a behind-the-scenes tour of the giraffe exhibit.


The baby giraffe is a New Year's baby.  He was born at 12:12 AM January 1st, 2014.  Griffin is the first giraffe birth of any North American accredited zoo. With Griffin's birth, the Birmingham Zoo now has five giraffes in its collection.  In the coming weeks, people will get to see Griffin on the Savannah Yard.

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