Name of April the giraffe’s baby finally revealed – but not everyone was happy about the announcement

If it feels like you've been hearing about a giraffe named April for months, it's because she's been dominating all forms of social media since February.

The mum finally gave birth to her calf – whose arrival was being eagerly awaited around the world – on April 15 and the baby was revealed to be a boy.

Since then, her fans have been voting for a baby name (and paying $5 to Animal Adventure Park for the privilege of submitting nominations) and yesterday it was finally revealed. Move over, Cheryl and Liam.

A shortlist of names was generated and put to a vote, including an 'Alyssa's choice' option which would put the decision in the hands of April's zookeeper.

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'Alyssa's choice' won and she, along with fellow keeper Corey, decided to name the baby giraffe 'Tajiri', which is a Swahili word meaning 'hope' and 'confidence'.

Speaking on a Facebook Live video yesterday, Alyssa explained: "Tajiri was really what spoke to us.

"Tajiri is a Swahili name for both hope and confidence. Hope is something that Tajiri has not only brougth you guys as a community, globally now, but it is a hope for giraffes.

We have been able to give giraffes a voice. We have been able to say 'we're losing giraffes at an incredibly fast rate' and we have given the species a hope.

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Not only that but we have also given that name 'confidence'. We are confident we can move into a future where we have giraffes. And hopefully when he is 18feet tall and over 2,000lbs we're going to have a nice confident bull who I'm sure will have lots of ladies.'

But the announcement was somewhat marred by complaints over the way the name was revealed.

After weeks of voting, the park announced over the weekend on its Facebook page that the name would be revealed live on Good Morning America.

This sparked fury among some fans who weren't at all happy they wouldn't be first to know the news.

People started complaining they didn't have cable TV and therefore couldn't watch the big reveal. Others pointed out they lived in the UK and had no access to US cable at all.

Others, who had signed up to text alerts, were furious they wouldn't be the first to find out the baby's name.

Defending the park, one Facebook follower commented: "Some people are just so ungrateful. All those complaining need to remember, AAP dont NEED to do this, they could just turn off all media and go back to the regular life at the park.

"You make it sound like your entitled. Wake up and smell the roses!"

Another wrote: "So sick of the hate on here. They have done everything they have said they would. Nobody said you had to watch or pay. Be nice."

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The park eventually had to respond to comments to explain they never promised that the name would be revealed via text.

Thankfully, everyone was much more positive about the name and fans were pleased that the zookeepers, who are incredibly close to April and Oliver, got to choose it.

Given that the park's Facebook page regularly has thousands of people waiting for updates and liking their posts, they probably managed to make a lot of money towards giraffe conservation.

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