Zoo asking public to vote on baby elephant's name

By City News Service

Starting next week, the public will get the chance to vote for their favorite name — among three choices — for an African elephant born at the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park.

More than 1,000 names were winnowed down to three for the elephant calf born May 12:

  • Emanti, which means “water” in SiSwati, the language of Swaziland;
  • Usutu, which is a large river in Swaziland; and
  • Mnakabo, which means “their brother.”
Beginning Monday, the public can vote for their favorite name online at

  1. The name that gets the most votes will be announced Aug. 26 at the park’s elephant exhibit.

The calf is one of eight born at the Wild Animal Park in the past six years to a herd of elephants rescued from Swaziland. Eight adult elephants were brought to the Wild Animal Park in 2003 from the African country, where they were to be culled due to overpopulation.