Syracuse, N.Y. (March 23, 2015) - Members of the community are invited to enter the Rosamond Gifford Zoo's online naming contest to help select the names of two Humboldt penguin chicks hatched earlier this season. "Chick A" hatched on January 9 to Mario and Montaña. "Chick B" hatched on January 21 to Frederico and Poquita. It has now been determined that the chicks are both female. The naming contest begins today.
Humboldt penguins live along the coast of Peru and Chile in the Humboldt Current. They are endangered, with an estimated 10,000 to 12,000 surviving in the wild. Given the native habitat of Humboldt penguins, names of Spanish origin are preferred and strongly encouraged for the contest. Contest entrants should also include a brief explanation of why they suggested the name.
Female penguin names already in use or previously used at the zoo: