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Dallas Zoo sells rights to name baby giraffe for $50K

Chrystal and her calf, who will be named by an anonymous $50,000 bidder.dallaszoo.com

The Dallas Zoo has sold the naming rights for a recently born giraffe for $50,000 to a bidder who asked to remain nameless, a zoo official said on Monday.

No name has yet been selected for the six-foot male calf born on Oct. 26 whose naming rights were sold at an auction at the zoo's annual fundraiser on Saturday, spokeswoman Laurie Holloway said.

"There was a lot of interest in choosing a name so the timing was perfect since an auction was already planned," she said.

The money will be used for giraffe conservation efforts in African countries where the animals roam.

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The baby giraffe is the 12th in the Dallas Zoo's herd, which is among the largest in the United States, Holloway said.

 
 
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