Rowan (born August 7, 2006) is a male reticulated giraffe born to Morefu and Juno at the Birmingham Zoo. At birth, he was 5'-5" tall and 125 pounds, and was standing on his feet within an hour of birth.
The Zoo held a naming contest for the calf which generated over 1,200 suggestions. Bill Perry, a fourth-grade student at Mountain Brook Elementary School had the winning entry. He selected the name "Rowan" to honor his giraffe-loving teacher, Loretta Rowan.
By his first birthday, Rowan was over 9 feet tall and weighed about 450 pounds. He was later transferred to the Baton Rouge Zoo in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
- Photo of Rowan at Flickr.com