Name the Baby Klipspringer

Help Us Name the New Arrival

Lincoln Park Zoo’s caregivers have been working at all hours to meet the needs of the female baby klipspringer born behind the scenes on March 30. But while they have feedings and nurturing under their belt, they’re looking for your help in one key particular: naming the new arrival.

We’ve narrowed it down to five names—all Swahili, representing the tiny species’ African origins. Pick your favorite from the list below:

The votes are in, and Asha is the winner! See the full update here.

The winning name will be announced Thursday, May 15. You can vote once daily for your favorite name until then—and encourage your friends to do likewise!

Native to central and eastern Africa, klipspringers are a tiny dwarf antelope species, measuring just 20 inches in height when fully grown. They inhabit rocky habitats, such as mountains and river gorges, eating grasses, leaves, buds and fruit.

Klipspringers typically live in small family groups consisting of a breeding pair and their young offspring. This new baby is the second offspring for the pair at Regenstein African Journey. Unfortunately, the baby’s mother was unable to provide the proper care after birth, so the building’s animal care staff intervened to hand rear the new arrival behind the scenes.

Happily, she’s thriving under their expert care. She’ll continue to grow behind the scenes until she’s mature enough to head out of her own. (Mom and dad and older sister Arya currently rotate being on exhibit at Regenstein African Journey’s Dry Thorn Forest.)

In the meantime, though, you can welcome her to the zoo by giving her the perfect name. Cast your vote daily until we announce the winning choice Thursday, May 15!


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