Follow us:

The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

July 16, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Help name Woodland Park Zoo’s new Visayan warty pigs

The Woodland Park Zoo is letting the public choose the names of their three Visayan warty pigs, an endangered species native to the Philippines (Woodland Park Zoo photo)

Woodland Park Zoo welcomed three Visayan warty pigs — known for their punk-rocker-like mohawks — on May 5, but a spokesman says the zoo still needs to do one important thing: Name them!

The zoo has narrowed the choices down to six names native to the three females’ native land,  the Visayan Islands in the central Philippines and will have a public vote to pick the final three names, according to a news release.

The public can vote through a ballot to be printed in The Seattle Times every day  from July 22 to Aug. 3. The choices: Adlaw (sun), Bulak (flower), Lasang (forest), Magdula (playful), Banhaan (nosey), and Guapa (beautiful). Ballots can be turned into participating U.S. Bank locations in the Puget Sound.

Voters will also be entered to win a grand prize — $500 Visa gift card and a Visayan warty pig “ZooParent” adoption package, or one of two prizes for runners-up — $100 Visa gift cards.

Voting is open to people of all ages, but entrants must have someone age 18 or older who is a legal Washington state resident to claim prizes.

By the week of Aug. 13, the zoo will announce the pigs’ names on its website.

The zoo’s mammal curator, Martin Ramirez, said in a statement that having the pigs at the zoo helps bring awareness about conservation efforts to preserve the endangered species’ wild population in the Philippines.

In other zoo news, one of the zoo’s conservation partners recently had a breakthrough moment in understanding more about how to preserve snow leopards in the wild: Snow Leopard Trust researchers in Mongolia say they documented the site of a snow leopard den with cubs in it for the first time this summer.

Comments | Topics: snow leopards, Visayan warty pigs, Woodland Park Zoo

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►