Indianapolis - The Indianapolis Zoo is celebrating the birth of a male reticulated giraffe. It is the second in five months born at the Zoo.
Ezaji was born on Wednesday, December 30. He stands 6'6" and weighs in at around 170 pounds. According to his keepers, he is one of the largest and most precocious giraffe calves born at the Zoo in recent years.
Ezaji is pronounced E-ZAY-GEE. In Nigeria and Ghana, the yam is sacred and considered, the king of crops. It's an honor to be named after this valued vegetable, as in "Eza" for King and "ji" for yam.
The parents are Eddie and Elena. Mother and calf will be on exhibit once the weather warms up and the two are able to head outdoors.
In August, the Indianapolis Zoo celebrated the arrival of another male giraffe calf, Juani. The herd at the Zoo currently includes Eddie, Elena, Takasa, AJ, Juani and the new baby.