Baby Giraffe by Will Buquoy

His name is Obi!

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The fans have spoken! Of the semi-finalists (Apollo, Kayode, Obi, Taki, Herbie, and Freckles), Obi won!

Join us in welcoming Obi to our tower of giraffes, and after a month, he finally has a name!

Obi means “heart” from the Igbo language in West Africa, specifically Nigeria.


On August 6th, Safari West welcomed a brand new baby giraffe, the 41st one born here on the Sonoma Serengeti. This 6-foot newborn tips the scales at 150 pounds and is ready to meet his fans! There’s just one problem. He needs a name!

Always one of the most famous and recognizable of Africa’s mammals, the lovely giraffe has recently become a conservation issue as well. Although most people still don’t know it, giraffes have sadly found themselves on the Endangered Species List! More than ever before, we need to focus attention on the study and conservation of this unique species. The giraffes at Safari West have served as ambassadors for their species for decades and continue to inspire and educate tens of thousands of human visitors every year. We look forward to this newest arrival continuing the tradition with the next generation of conservationists.

Help us Name that Baby!

Submissions are now CLOSED!

If you’ve got a great name for #41, email your suggestion to giraffebaby@safariwest.com by September 3, 2019. On September 3rd we’ll select our five favorite submissions and send them to our friends at the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. The PD team will hold a final vote to pick a winner from the list of five. The winner will be announced on or about September 6, 2019. It that winning name is yours, you’ll receive a gift certificate for a Classic Safari Tour so you can come to meet him in person! Official Rules below.

Show your support for this vulnerable species and spread some love for #41 today by helping us name that baby!

Photographs by Will Bucquoy.

Help Us Name Giraffe #41 Contest

Safari West Contest Submission Period: August 31, 2019 Noon (PST) and to September 3, 2019 Noon (PST).

Press Democrat Voting Dates: September 4, 2019 Noon (PST) to September 6, 2019 Noon (PST). Winner will be announced at or by 5 PM (PST) September 6, 2019.

The contest winner will receive a Safari West Gift Certificate for a Safari Tour for Two Adults and two Children.

How to enter:

  1. Submit your entry or entries by September 3rd Noon (PST) to giraffebaby@safariwest.com.
  2. No more than 3 entries may be submitted by one entrant.
  3. Include your submission(s) (giraffe calf name), your name, and email address.

Eligibility:

  1. The contest is open only to individuals at least eighteen (18+) years of age and residents of the United States and has a valid email address. The contest is not open to companies, educational institutions, organizations, etc. or to groups associated with such institutions.
  2. Employees, Employees Family, and affiliates of Safari West are not eligible to participate in this contest.

Judging and Selection of winner:

  1. Safari West will decide on the top six (6) submissions and announce them by September 4, 2019.
  2. The top five submissions will be forwarded to the Press Democrat for voting. The voting starts electronically September 4, 2019 Noon (PST) to September 6, 2019 Noon (PST) via the Press Democrat.
  3. Safari West reserves the right to not select a winner if, in its sole discretion, no suitable entries are submitted.
  4. Safari West reserves the right to disqualify any entrant or entry at its sole discretion.
  5. The winning submission becomes the property of Safari West.
  6. Accepting the prize constitutes permission for Safari West to make public and otherwise use the winner’s name for publicity purposes. Further personal data may be requested but is not required.

Acceptance:
Participation constitutes the entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these official rules. By participating in the contest, the entrant is representing and warranting that he/she has read and understood, and agrees to be bound by, these rules. Including the guides and rules referred to herein, these official rules constitute the entire agreement between the entrant and Safari West in relation to the contest. They govern the entrant’s participation and supersede any prior or other agreements between the entrant and Safari West and relating to the contest. NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

The “Help Us Name Giraffe #41 Contest” is sponsored Safari West (“Sponsor”) This contest is governed by these official rules (“Official Rules”). By participating in the Contest, each entrant agrees to abide by these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements and understands that the results of the contest, as determined by Sponsor and its agents, are final in all respects. The contest is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited by law. Sponsor has the right to verify the eligibility of each entrant.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Instagram. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the promotion will be directed to Sponsor, not Facebook or Instagram.

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ELIGIBILITY

The Contest is open to residents of the United States, who are eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of entry who have Internet access and a valid e-mail account prior to the beginning of the Contest Period. Sponsor has the right to verify the eligibility of each entrant.

CONTEST PERIOD

The Contest naming submission period begins on August 31, 2019 at Noon (PST) and ends on September 3, 2019 at Noon (PST). All entries (submissions) must be received on or before the time stated during that submission period. Sponsor reserves the right to extend or shorten the contest at their sole discretion. Following this period Safari West will announce the top six (6) submission on or by September 4, 2019, Noon (PST) where the poll will begin through the Press Democrat and end September 6, 2019 Noon (PST).

WINNER SELECTION

All eligible entries received during the Submission Period will be gathered at the end of the Submission Period and the top six (6) submissions will be forwarded to our affiliate (the Press Democrat) for the final voting.

The winner will be announced on or about September 6, 2019 at or about Noon (PST). Announcement and instructions for prize will be sent to the e-mail address supplied on the potential prize winner’s submission. Each entrant is responsible for monitoring his/her e-mail account for prize notification and receipt or other communications related to this contest. If a potential prize winner cannot be reached by Administrator (or Sponsor) within fifteen (15) days, using the contact information provided at the time of entry, or if the prize is returned as undeliverable, that potential prize winner shall forfeit the prize. If a potential winner fails to comply with these official rules, that potential winner will be disqualified. Prizes may not be awarded if an insufficient number of eligible entries are received. If there are duplicate name entries, the time date of the email will be used for duplicate submissions where the first one will be chosen.

PRIZES:

Grand Prize: One Safari West Gift Certificate for a Classic Safari Tour for Two (2) Adults and (2) Children ages 4-12.

Terms, conditions and exclusions may apply. Incidental expenses and all other costs and expenses which are not specifically listed as part of a prize in these Official Rules and which may be associated with the award, acceptance, receipt and use of all or any portion of the awarded prize are solely the responsibility of the respective prize winner. ALL FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL TAXES ASSOCIATED WITH THE RECEIPT OR USE OF ANY PRIZE IS SOLELY THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER.

ADDITIONAL LIMITATIONS

The prize is non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of prizes is permitted. Sponsor and its respective parent, affiliate and subsidiary companies, agents, and representatives are not responsible for any typographical or other errors in the offer or administration of the Contest, including, but not limited to, errors in any printing or posting or these Official Rules, the selection and announcement of any winner, or the distribution of any prize. Any attempt to damage the content or operation of this Contest is unlawful and subject to possible legal action by Sponsor. Sponsor reserves the right to terminate, suspend or amend the Contest, without notice, and for any reason, including, without limitation, if Sponsor determines that the Contest cannot be conducted as planned or should a virus, bug, tampering or unauthorized intervention, technical failure or other cause beyond Sponsor’s control corrupt the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper play of the Contest. In the event any tampering or unauthorized intervention may have occurred, Sponsor reserves the right to void suspect entries at issue. Sponsor and its respective parent, affiliate and subsidiary companies, agents, and representatives, and any telephone network or service providers, are not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate transcription of entry information, or for any human error, technical malfunction, lost or delayed data transmission, omission, interruption, deletion, line failure or malfunction of any telephone network, computer equipment or software, the inability to access any website or online service or any other error, human or otherwise.

INDEMNIFICATION AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

BY ENTERING THE CONTEST, EACH ENTRANT AGREES TO INDEMNIFY, RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS SPONSOR AND ITS PARENT, AFFILIATE AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES, THE FACEBOOK PLATFORM, ADMINISTRATOR, ADVERTISING AND PROMOTIONAL AGENCIES, AND ALL THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES AND AGENTS FROM ANY LIABILITY, DAMAGES, LOSSES OR INJURY RESULTING IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, FROM THAT ENTRANT’S PARTICIPATION IN THE CONTEST AND THE ACCEPTANCE, USE OR MISUSE OF ANY PRIZE THAT MAY BE WON. SPONSOR AND ITS PARENT, AFFILIATE AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES DO NOT MAKE ANY WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO THE CONDITION, FITNESS OR MERCHANTABILITY OF THE PRIZE. SPONSOR AND ITS PARENTS, SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, ADVERTISING AND PROMOTIONAL AGENCIES, AND ALL THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES AND AGENTS DISCLAIM ANY LIABILITY FOR DAMAGE TO ANY COMPUTER SYSTEM RESULTING FROM ACCESS TO OR THE DOWNLOAD OF INFORMATION OR MATERIALS CONNECTED WITH THE CONTEST.

PUBLICITY

By participating, each entrant grants Sponsor permission to use his/her name, likeness or comments for publicity purposes without payment of additional consideration, except where prohibited by law.

CONTEST SPONSORS

This contest is sponsored by:

Safari West

3115 Porter Creek Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Any questions regarding this Contest should be directed to the Marketing Team at media@safariwest.com.

Jared Paddock

Jared Paddock

Safari West staff and conservation writer.