The Rosamond Gifford Zoo officially unveiled their newest addition Tuesday, and they are giving Central New York a chance to give her a name. Zoo officials introduced a new baby Humboldt penguin, which hatched on April 16.
The female chick is the 39
to hatch at the zoo. County Executive Joanie Mahoney was on hand for the announcement.
â??It is wonderful to be able to introduce this beautiful new addition to the zooâ??s flourishing penguin program,â?? said Mahoney. â??Itâ??s great to have new babies at the zoo; we always look forward to the arrival of penguin chicks. I am thrilled to invite our community to participate in naming her.â??
â??The Rosamond Gifford Zoo continues to play an important role in conserving Humboldt penguins,â?? said Ted Fox, zoo director. â??Penguins from our colony will travel to other zoos and aquariums to ensure efforts to continue populating the species.â??
Humboldt penguins are native to the west coast of South America.
The zoo is offering the public a chance to name the baby girl.
Here is a list of rules:
Name suggestions will be taken for five days, June 3-7.
All entries must be received by 4 p.m. on June 7.
The contest is open to ages five and older, with a limit of one submission per person.
Given the native habitat of Humboldt penguins, names of Spanish origin are preferred and strongly encouraged.
A committee at the zoo will select the top 5 names from those suggested.
Top names will be posted on the contest page for voting by the community from June 11-15.
Voting closes at 4 p.m. on June 15.
The name that receives the highest number of votes will be selected as the winner.
The chickâ??s name will be announced via a media alert and on the zooâ??s website and social media platforms on June 17.
The winner will receive a Humboldt penguin Adopt an Animal package courtesy of Friends of the Zoo.
You can submit your idea for a name here.