AKRON, Ohio – The long awaited last piece to the zoo’s popular Mike & Mary Stark Grizzly Ridge exhibit is now in place. Two coyotes are on exhibit and the zoo is holding a naming contest for their newest residents.
The coyotes, one male and one female, are siblings. They were born on April 13 at USDA facility in Logan, Utah. When they arrived at the zoo this summer they were in quarantine in the zoo’s Center for Animal Care. More recently they were moved to their exhibit to get used to their surroundings before they went on exhibit to the public. Being right next to the red wolf exhibit gives the zoo the opportunity to educate people about the differences and similarities in coyotes and wolves.
The zoo will be holding a naming contest on their website at www.akronzoo.org from Thursday, November 21 to Monday, December 2, 2013. Zoo staff have chosen four options, two male and two female, and people can vote for their favorites. The male and female name with the most votes will be the winners. The names chosen all have Native American origins. Possible names for the male coyote include Dasan (duh-sahn), which means “chief” and Shilah (shy-luh), which means “brother.” The two choices for the female are Adany (uh-dah-knee), which means “timber” or “woods” and Kaliska (kuh-lis-kuh), which means “coyote chasing deer.”
Coyotes are a species of canid that can be found anywhere in North and Central America. They are grayish brown to yellowish in color. Their belly and throat are mostly white. They are very adaptable to many different habitats as they live in deserts, prairies, savannas, tropical forests, tundra, grasslands and urban areas. Their diet consists primarily of rabbits, rodents, insects and other small prey. The average weight of a coyote is 25-40 lbs. Coyotes are one of the few animals that have increased their range in spite of human encroachment.
The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. Winter hours are 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and winter admission is $6 per person. Children under two are free and parking is $2.00. For more information visit www.akronzoo.org or call (330) 375-2550.
Founded in 1953, the Akron Zoo is a non-profit, world conservation Zoo with over 700 animals from around the world. Located just west of Downtown Akron, the Zoo strives to provide a dynamic, financially responsible, guest centered animal experience that is energized by innovation and fun. The Akron Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.
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