Zoo holds contest to name new additions
One of the grey wolf sisters that are in the Arctic Encounter exhibit at the Toledo Zoo. The two females will be joined by three young males whose names will be determined by voters.
The three males are 9 months old and are all from the same litter. They join the zoo’s two adult female wolves in the Arctic Encounter exhibit. They are distinguishable by their heavier build and slightly darker color with reddish-brown hues, while the females are a very light gray.
Wolves have a complex social structure, so introductions were done very carefully. The young wolves were integrated slowly into the pack so staff could be sure they were secure and their arrival did not upset the hierarchy already established by the adults.
A donation drive that began today and runs through Jan. 23, will decide the new wolves’ names. Each $5 donation toward the wolves’ care and toward wild wolf conservation will earn a donor three votes.
The proposed names are:
- Loki -- a mischievous shape-shifting god of Norse mythology.
- Odin -- a mythological Norse god known for wisdom, wit, and war.
- Hopi -- a Native American tribe associated with peace, reverence, and respect.
- Kanza -- a Native American tribe associated with the south wind and water.
- Tundra -- from the Russian or Finnish word for a cold, treeless plain.
- Lobo -- the Spanish word for wolf.
The wolves are scheduled to be on exhibit daily until 4 p.m. unless weather or other factors require them to be moved briefly off exhibit.