Congratulations to Evan Lucia, a five-year-old student at God's House Kindergarten in Vestavia, who won the honor of naming the Birmingham Zoo's newest baby orangutan! Evan chose the winning name "Nairi" because he "liked the sound of the name and its Indonesian meaning -- 'kind one'," according to a press release from the Birmingham Zoo.
Nairi, a female orangutan, was born Dec. 13, 2011 by C-section. As part of his prize for naming the orangutan, Evan received an Adopt-an-Animal packet for Nairi, a tour of the Animal Nutrition Center, a Zoo Fun Pack, a photo opportunity at the zoo and more.
The orangutan naming contest lasted from March 1 until March 25. Each submission was made with a minimal donation, and through the contest the zoo raised almost $1,000. Those proceeds will go to the organization Orangutan Outreach, which aims to protect orangutans in their native habitat while providing care for orphaned orangutans.