June 26, 2013

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Introducing  “Ziva”

Zoo Guests Name Zebra

The Louisville Zoo’s newest Zebra foal has a name — “Ziva” — named for the character on the hit CBS show NCIS. Ziva’s new name ties into the foal’s father’s name – Gibbs – also a character on NCIS.

Names were submitted by Zoo guests in a contest sponsored by Floyd Memorial Birthing Center, and zookeepers narrowed the names to three for public voting – Abby, Katniss and Ziva. Zoo guests had until June 23 to vote for their favorite name by dropping coins and bills into a naming kiosk on the Zoo’s Front Plaza. 

Zack Vannarsdall from Carrollton, KY submitted the winning name.

Ziva is the first Hartmann’s mountain zebra foal to be born at the Zoo in 13 years. Born to Morena and Gibbs, the 72 lb. foal was birthed on January 18, 2013 at 2:45 a.m. She is on exhibit daily weather-permitting.

All of the proceeds of the naming contest will go to the care and feeding of Ziva and the other animals at the Zoo.


The Louisville Zoo, a non-profit organization and state zoo of Kentucky, is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).


 About Floyd Memorial

Founded in 1953, Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services is a 236-bed, acute care regional healthcare provider with Southern Indiana’s only comprehensive cardiac surgery program.  The hospital offers a full continuum of care from inpatient care to rehab services to home healthcare.  Services include cardiac surgery, thoracic and vascular services, orthopedics, spine care, wound care, pain management, a sleep disorders center, a full range of women’s services including obstetrics, cancer care, diabetic treatment and weight management services.  Floyd Memorial is also affiliated with Kleinert Kutz Surgery Center, a free-standing center offering expert care in hand, musculoskeletal, orthopedics, as well as plastic and reconstructive cosmetic surgeries. In 2011, Floyd Memorial was rated the “Highest Recommended Hospital in the Region” by HCAHPS and was again recognized by U.S. News and World Report in 2012 as a Best Regional Hospital for the Louisville Metro area – the only Southern Indiana hospital to make the list.  For more information, visit www.floydmemorial.com

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