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Buffalo, N.Y. (Dec. 15 2014) – The Buffalo Zoo today announced the name of a baby giraffe who was born in October. His name is Sampson.

Sampson was born on Friday, October 24, 2014 to mother, 5-year-old A.J, and father, 3-year-old Moke. Both are first time parents.

The day was a special one for giraffe keeper, Vicki Hodge. October 24 is her grandparents’ wedding anniversary, and also the anniversary of the death of her grandfather, whose middle name was Sampson. She named the baby in memory of him.

The name announcement coincides with a series of billboards that were unveiled around the Buffalo area this morning, revealing Sampson’s name to the community.

The billboards are provided through the generosity of Community Papers of WNY, Inc. The newspaper group will hold a year of events and promotions to welcome the giraffe and promote the Buffalo Zoo throughout 2015.
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