The votes have been counted and Zoo Knoxville’s baby giraffe has a name. The 3-month-old male has been officially christened Jumbe (JOOM-bay) Junior in honor of his father, and will be called “J.J.” which is perfectly fitting because this little giraffe adores his father.
.The name was chosen by a popular vote of options carefully selected from the thousands submitted by the community. The winner was chosen by voters who generously made a donation of a dollar per vote for their favorite name. The voting raised over $1,500 that will support the care of the zoo’s giraffe herd and the zoo’s mission to save giraffe from extinction.
The population of wild giraffes has declined dramatically over the last few years, and now there are fewer than 100,000 giraffe left in Africa.