Zoo Map

Naming contest announced for new babies

Posted by Elena Bell Tuesday, July 24, 2018 8:47:00 AM

The Akron Zoo has welcomed two babies, a penguin chick and musk deer fawn, this summer and is looking to the public to help select their names. The “Oh Deer! Waddle We Name Them?” naming contest, sponsored by Akron Children’s Hospital, starts on Tuesday, July 24 and runs through Wednesday, Aug. 8 at noon. People can choose one of five names for each animal and the name with the most votes will be selected for each baby. Voting is available at akronzoo.org/naming-contest.

Names for the male Humboldt penguin are Guanay, Junio, Maximo, Pacific and Rico. Options for the female Siberian musk deer fawn are Alina, Katia, Lika, Nadia and Svetlana. 

“It has been a busy summer so far at your Akron Zoo,” said Doug Piekarz, president & CEO at the Akron Zoo. “We welcomed not one, but two babies: a Humboldt penguin chick and a Siberian musk deer fawn – a first for the Akron Zoo. We are excited to give each baby a name and are looking forward to seeing what you choose.”

“Parenting is one of the toughest but most rewarding jobs you can take on and Akron Children’s provides the resources and support to help families on their journey,” said Grace Wakulchik, president of Akron Children’s Hospital. “And we care about all families, even those with fur, feathers, four legs and wings, which is why we are delighted to sponsor the Akron Zoo’s naming contest. We are excited to watch the young Humboldt penguin chick and Siberian musk deer fawn grow in Akron.”

The Humboldt penguin chick hatched on June 1 and is currently in his burrow. To join the colony in the penguin habitat, the chick needs to eat on his own, molt his down feathers and pass a swimming test. He is expected to make his public debut later this summer.

The female Siberian musk deer fawn was born on June 13. The fawn and her mother, Anastasia, are currently bonding in their bedroom. The fawn’s public debut is anticipated in the next week or two. Father, Vlad, is out in the musk deer habitat daily.