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Carrollton man wins contest to name zoo's new zebra
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Thursday, July 11, 2013 11:00 AM
The Louisville zoo’s newest addition, Ziva, a Hartmann mountain zebra, was named by Carrollton resident Zack Vannarsdall in a contest. (Submitted photos)
A Carrollton resident is responsible for naming the Louisville Zoo's newest attraction after winning a contest that drew more than 5,000 submissions.
Zack Vannarsdall's suggested name, Ziva - for the zoo's zebra foal - was the most popular public entry with zoo staff and visitors.
Ziva is the first Hartmann mountain zebra foal to be born at the zoo in 13 years. Hartmann mountain zebras are found in far southwestern Angola and western Namibia. The 72-pound foal was born to Morena and Gibbs on Jan. 18.
The name Ziva comes from the hit CBS show "NCIS," as does the name Gibbs.
"I've been watching that show for years, and it's the only 'Z' name that I could really think of," said Vannarsdall, who actually wasn't aware of the father Zebra's name until after the contest.
Public voting wrapped up June 23. Zoo visitors submitted 5,000 names and zookeepers narrowed the names to three - Abby, Katniss and Ziva.
The public then voted on the names by dropping coins and dollars into the appropriate slot at a kiosk on the zoo's front plaza.
All of the proceeds from the naming contest will go to the care and feeding of Ziva and the other animals at the zoo.
With the selected name, Vannarsdall will now get a behind-the-scenes tour and rare bonding session with Ziva.
He will also take home four Louisville Zoo Adventure tickets, items from the zoo's gift shop and a video documenting the zoo's orphaned polar bear cub Qannik's first year of life and journey to Louisville.
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