A reticulated giraffe calf, born on April 16, is seen with her mother, Dottie, at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha.

Zoe Raber, an 8-year-old Lincoln girl, died April 24 after spending the last year battling brain cancer. She loved giraffes, and kept stuffed animals of them throughout her room.

In her memory, Raber's friends and family campaigned to have a giraffe born at the Henry Doorly Zoo just eight days before her death named after her.

"We read through each and every one of your entries and had some really great suggestions, but there was one that seemed to stick out a lot that you guys all really liked," senior hoofstock keeper Kelly Goodyear said in a Facebook Live video Friday. "With that being said, our keeper staff have decided to go with the name 'Zoe.'"

Raber, who was a student at McPhee Elementary School, was first diagnosed after a brain tumor was discovered in March 2018 and received chemo and radiation therapy soon after. Her cancer returned last November.

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The zoo will sell animal buttons through the end of June and donate all proceeds to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation.

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