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.
Submitted by: Lindsay Brown, 26, of Evans Mills, N.Y.
Reason: "The name means ‘protector of humanity.'"
Submitted by: Elizabeth Young, 58, of Phoenix, N.Y.
Reason: "The name of Jacques Cousteau's vessel for research."
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."
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."
Submitted by: Jo Ann Barry, 60, of North Syracuse, N.Y.
Reason: "The name means ‘girl' in Spanish."