There's a Giraffe In The Nashville Airport

There's a 2 story giraffe in the airport at BNA (Nashville International Airport).

1. How did it escape the Nashville Zoo?

2. How did it get through security?

3. Will he help me get my bag out of the overhead compartment?

The giant reticulated giraffe was created by Dorand Design Studios, overnight on January 9 in hopes to draw more attention to the Zoo. The giraffe is accompanied by a few pieces of luggage and signs directing toward Nashville Zoo (7 miles away) and Kenya (8,104 miles away).

“We want to make sure travelers, both local to Nashville and just visiting, know there is a world-class Zoo close by,” said Rick Schwartz, Nashville Zoo President and CEO. “We’re excited to have this piece in the airport and hope it encourages people to stop by and say hello to our real-life Masai giraffes at the Zoo.”

The Zoo will also be holding a naming contest that will raise funds for the Giraffe Conservation Foundation(GCF). Over the last three decades, the wild giraffe population has declined about 30% because of poaching and habitat destruction. GCF supports initiatives ranging from census monitoring to hands-on conservation actions that protect and increase these populations.

The name with the most money raised for conservation will win. Everyone is encouraged to vote as many times as they want for their favorite name on the list. Each name option is accompanied by the meaning and reasoning of each word.

Harmony – a pleasing arrangement of notes, but also means congruence, agreement, accord and tranquility

Muziki (mo-zee-kee) – the Swahili word for “music.” Nashville is Music City

Balozi (bah-low-zee) – the Swahili word for “ambassador.” She welcomes you to Nashville.

The winning name will be announced Thursday, Feb. 27 around 11 a.m. Vote here