Mogo Zoo has announced the name of their latest baby Rothschild’s Giraffe in celebration of World Giraffe Day. A silent action was held in February with the highest bidder given the naming rights to the baby Giraffe born on the 27th of January. The winning bidder was a local Batemans Bay family, with all proceeds going towards the Mogo Zoo Foundation to help support their work with endangered animals.
The name Oni was chosen after the family’s 11 year old daughter, Makadde Ethell, researched and discovered it was a traditional African girls name meaning “to be born on sacred ground”. Makadde who attends St Bernard’s Primary School, met with zoo own Sally Padey for a personal introduction to Oni and the Rothchild’s Giraffe herd at Mogo Zoo to celebrate the naming.
Zoo Owner Sally Padey says “Our species Management Program is critical to the survival of the Rothchild’s Giraffe and to be able to create awareness for future generations is a great outcome for our naming auction. The research and selection Makadde did of the name ‘Oni’ shows great interest in the species and its origins and I am sure there will forever be a bond between them”.
Oni is the fifth pure Rothschild’s Giraffe to be born at Mogo Zoo. The Rothschild’s Giraffe, also known as the Baringo Giraffe, inhabits protected areas in Kenya and Northern Uganda, and is threatened by drought, hunting, poaching and habitat encroachment through agriculture. Mogo Zoo is an integral partner of the Australasian Species Management Program aimed at increasing the number of Rothchild’s Giraffe in captivity.