November 15, 2012

News Release

For Immediate Release

Baby Giraffe Name Chosen by Popular Vote

baby giraffe sits in a stall

Using the combination of a Facebook poll and email submissions, Dickerson Park Zoo's staff tallied votes from the public to select the name for the newest giraffe calf born last weekend. The public selected "Caley," (kā' lē) a Gaelic name meaning slender, with 591 votes.

The other two names, Twiggy and Rue, received 503 and 406 votes respectively.

Caley can be viewed at the giraffe yard with her eight-week-old half-sister Pammy J, their mothers Gidget and Cheka, Emma, Kamili and Peperuka.

Dickerson Park Zoo is open daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m., weather permitting. The zoo will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. For more information, visit the zoo online at, or call the zoo's information hotline, 417-864-1800.

For more information, contact: Melinda Arnold, Public Relations Director, 417-833-1570 (office) or 417-848-0162 (cell),

Dickerson Park Zoo
3043 North Fort • Springfield, MO 65803
(417) 833-1570 Phone • (417) 833-4459 Fax
Dickerson Park Zoo is a division of the Springfield-Greene County Park Board