The majority ruled with a landslide vote and the new baby zebra at Lincoln Park Zoo was named Kito, a Swahili word meaning "jewel."
The zoo asked for help deciding between the names Kito; Hanisi, "born on Thursday;" Akili, "clever;" and Daktari, "doctor" or "healer." More than 2,400 votes poured in for the name Kito, which the zoo said was a landslide win.
“The name is fitting as we think Kito is a treasure,” said General Curator Dave Bernier in a news release today. "Grevy’s zebras are endangered in the wild and we at Lincoln Park Zoo are proud to do our part in the conservation of the majestic species.”
Kito, a male foal born Aug. 23, is the second offspring of 5-year-old mother Adia and 6-year-old father Clayton, officials said. Kito’s brother, Enzi, was born in 2010.
Adia and Clayton are part of the Grevy’s zebra Species Survival Plan which manages the zoo population of the endangered African animal, officials said.
For now, Kito has been spending time with his mother in private before he is ready to join the rest of the zebra herd, officials said.
“Adia is a protective mom, but Kito is getting brave,” said Bernier. “He is exploring his new home and stretching those long legs of his galloping around the yard.”
Mom and baby can be seen from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Antelope & Zebra Area of Lincoln Park Zoo.