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Auckland Zoo has a brand new baby giraffe yet to be named, so we came up with ten suggestions
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Auckland Zoo has a brand new baby giraffe yet to be named, so we came up with ten suggestions

Neckola would be fitting!

Auckland Zoo welcomed a brand new baby giraffe to its family and we want to celebrate! Kiraka, the mumma giraffe, gave birth to a 6-foot-tall, 60kg baby girl that is yet to be named. 

With details for a naming competition to be announced by Auckland Zoo sometime soon, we thought we’d get ahead of the herd and suggest some names for the new baby. 

NOTE: These are just a bit of fun and not to be taken too seriously (but we might submit a few if you like them!). 



Aotearoa’s most famous giraffe is Harold - the educator travelling the country in a caravan, teaching kids about the dos and don'ts of life. What better way to secure his legacy than naming the country’s newest giraffe after him?


This will be the first of a few puns, so get ready! Giraffes have long necks and ‘Nicola’ is a lovely girl’s name, so we combined those facts for a fun name. 


All of the giraffes at Auckland Zoo have Swahili names. A little bit selfishly, we found the language's translation for ‘Breeze' and added that suggestion. If they do pick this one, they'll sure have a friend! 

Long Limb Luna

‘Luna’ is the world’s most popular pet name and giraffes’ legs grow up to six feet. Those little factoids + the alliteration make this one a delightful name. 


Pronounced like ‘Pauline’, this is one of the other pun-based names I was warning you about!


This one isn’t just a way to immortalise our love for the orange juice-based cocktail (though we do love them). Mimosa trees are a big part of Giraffe’s diets!

Violet or Indigo

If you’ve ever had the blessing of being able to feed the Giraffes at the zoo, you’ll know their tongues are purple-coloured! We thought that ‘Indigo’ or ‘Violet’ would make a better name than simply ‘Purple’. 


This one comes down to the simple fact that ‘Giraffe’ starts with ‘G’ - double that, and you’ve got yourself an adorable name for the new baby girl. 


‘Charlotte’ is the most popular name for baby girls in New Zealand and we want Kiraka’s newest child to feel part of the Kiwi family. 


Cher is one of the greatest artists of all time and an inspiration to many, just like we hope the new giraffe is. 

We'll keep you updated on when Auckland Zoo officially announces the naming competition, but until then, get brainstorming!