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The sand cat is not a good climber or jumper, but it is an excellent digger. It uses this digging ability to dig burrows in the sand to escape the heat of the day.

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Community Invited to Enter Penguin Chick Naming Contest

 

In March 2015, members of the community were invited to enter the Rosamond Gifford Zoo's online naming contest to help select the names of two female 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.

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 were preferred and strongly encouraged for the contest.

Thank you for submitting your name suggestions --
the zoo received 961 entries!

The top 5 names for public vote were:

Alejandra ("ah-le-HAHN-drah")
Submitted by: Lindsay Brown, 26, of Evans Mills, N.Y.
Reason: "The name means ‘protector of humanity.'"

Calypso ("kuh-LIP-soh")
Submitted by: Elizabeth Young, 58, of Phoenix, N.Y.
Reason: "The name of Jacques Cousteau's vessel for research."

Frida ("Free-da")
Submitted by: Amanda Bush, 11, of Camillus, N.Y.
Reason: "I love art and animals and famous artist Frida Kahlo did, too!
She drew many portraits of beautiful animals."

Malia ("mAA-lee-aa")
Submitted by: Mrs. Cleveland's 1st Grade Class, Webster Elementary,
Syracuse City School District
Reason: "Chick A has two parents with names that start with the letter m, so we wanted to find a name that also started with m. We searched for Spanish baby names and had a tournament-style voting system."

Muchacha ("moo-chah-chah")
Submitted by: Jo Ann Barry, 60, of North Syracuse, N.Y.
Reason: "The name means ‘girl' in Spanish."

The winning names, announced on April 14, are:

Malia
Calypso 

 

Congratulations to
Mrs. Cleveland's 1st Grade Class &
Elizabeth Young!

 

Thank you to the community for voting!