Monarto Safari Park just announced the new name of a new baby giraffe, following a public naming competition.
Nyekundu is the name of Scarlett's new healthy female calf born on Friday 10 June. Keeper Vaughan Wilson announced the name just after 11am this morning in a World Giraffe Day celebration at the Waterhole platform at the park.
“Nyekundu, means ‘red’ in Swahili. The name won by a landslide with voters clearly wanting to continue the colourful naming tradition after mum Scarlett,” said Vaughan Wilson.
Nyekundu's grandma is also known by the name Rosie.
Keepers say mum Scarlett is showing affection to her new baby after struggling with other calves in the past.
“Scarlett has been doing great, we were really happy to see her feeding and mothering. She has been keeping a close watch and looking after her, which has been fantastic to see," Mr Wilson said.
Monarto Safari Park supports the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, which is currently focusing on translocating giraffe to Mozambique in what will be the largest operation of its kind. The translocation is an attempt to reverse a trend that has seen the numbers of giraffe in some areas drop by as much as 90% and even become extinct in some regions.
Monarto Safari Park is home to 20 giraffe, one of the largest giraffe herds in Australia, and is the most successful giraffe breeding institution in Australasia. Since 1995, there have been over 52 calves born at the park.
Hear Keeper Vaughn Wilson tell Jennie Lenman more about Monarto's work and news of the new baby girl via the play link below:
Photo of giraffe calf Nyekundu by Geoff Brooks, supplied Zoos SA