WACO, Texas – A baby Masai giraffe has made his first appearance in his outdoor exhibit at a Texas zoo.
According to KCEN-TV, staffers at Waco’s Cameron Park Zoo introduced the unnamed male calf, who was born Jan. 22 to parents Penelope and Dane, to his exhibit Wednesday morning.
“Since this is his first outing, the keeper staff will closely monitor mother and son to ensure they are both comfortable and safe in this new situation,” the zoo wrote in a Facebook post that included a video of the moment. “If all goes well future outdoor adventures will be determined by weather conditions and the comfort level of mom and baby.”
The update came one week after the zoo took to social media to announce that the newborn had arrived, marking the facility’s first giraffe birth in 20 years and the first-ever Masai birth there, officials said.
The same day, the zoo also revealed that it is holding a contest through Feb. 10 to select the calf’s name. For $5 per ticket, participants can submit a vote for one of three names: Zeke, Prince and Duke. The money will benefit the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, the zoo wrote on its website.