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Omaha Zoo announces baby giraffe name

OMAHA, Nebraska (Nebraska) — A giraffe born last month at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha has officially received a name.

The zoo announced Sunday that the new reticulated giraffe calf has been named Hope. She was born in March to Zola, an 8-year-old giraffe who was first born at the zoo.

Zoo officials say the name is inspired by longtime zoo supporter Peg Pease, who has volunteered as an assistant professor since 1995. Pease teaches visitors on Tuesday mornings in the rooms of Sid and Betty Keith’s giraffe herd.

Pease named the new giraffe cub Hope, and when the care team found out about it, they decided to take the name.

Hope has needed constant support since her birth, after zookeepers noticed that her mother, Zola, was not showing the expected level of maternal care.

“We all ‘hoped’ that this little girl would survive, and our caretakers and veterinary staff are doing a great job of making that happen,” Pease said. “Because we give ‘hope’ to this calf, she also gives ‘hope’ to us and all her wild brethren.”

The zoo says that Hope is getting stronger every day, but her condition remains on the alert.

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