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Seattle Zoo Names Baby Gorilla Nadiri

Sat., May 11, 1996, midnight

The baby gorilla at the Woodland Park Zoo has been named Nadiri.

The name, pronounced NAH’-dih-ree, means “rare” in the language of West Africa’s Hausa people.

The name was one of 53,000 submitted for the baby in a contest.

The winner, Jane MacPherson of Seattle, found the name in a book she checked out of the library titled “What to Name Your African Baby.” She won two airline tickets and a one-year pass to the zoo.



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