The female giraffe born earlier this month at the Kansas City Zoo has a name.
Say hello to Dixie.
“A generous long-time KCZoo donor stepped forward to name our giraffe calf,” the zoo announced Monday. “We’re happy to announce that they have chosen the name Dixie for this precious girl!”
Coincidentally, entertainer Dolly Parton last month dropped the name “Dixie” from her “Dixie Stampede” dinner show in Branson, Mo., out of cultural sensitivity. “We also recognize that attitudes change and feel that by streamlining the names of our shows, it will remove any confusion or concerns about our shows and will help our efforts to expand into new cities,” Parton is quoted as saying. The newly christened “Dolly Parton’s Stampede” is scheduled to reopen on Feb. 23 for the 2018 season.
But there is no significance to the giraffe’s name other than it is a name within the donor’s family, according to a zoo spokeswoman. The same donor named Lizzie, Dixie’s mom.
Dixie was born on Feb. 2. She and her mother will not be on public display until the weather gets warmer.
But the zoo has installed a live giraffe-cam at https://www.kansascityzoo.org/animal-cams/giraffe-cam/