$50K Bidder Wants Public to Choose Giraffe's Name

The donor who paid $50,000 for the naming rights to the Dallas Zoo's baby giraffe is putting the choice up to a public vote.

The male calf born Oct. 26 will either be named Kopano (United), Usawa (Equality) or Shingo (Neck) -- which moniker is chose is up to the public.

To vote on your favorite name, visit

Officials said first-time mother Chrystal gave birth to the giraffe, who measured 6-feet tall and weighed about 120 pounds at birth.

The Dallas Zoo said the baby is a reticulated giraffe, a species with fewer than 4,700 left in the wild. He also won't be too far away from dad, Tebogo, who lives at the zoo.

The money earned from the giraffe's naming rights will benefit conservation efforts.

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