National Zoo asks public to name 3 cute black-footed ferrets

The National Zoo is asking the public for help in naming their three new black-footed ferrets.

The National Zoo is asking for help naming its three new black-footed ferret kits. (Courtesy of the National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute at the Smithsonian)

The National Zoo is asking the public for help in naming their three new black-footed ferrets.

The adorable kits – a female and two males – were born on May 16 to mother Potpie, three, and father Daly, one year old, at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va. The public can see the kittens growing up on the zoo’s blacklegged ferret webcam.

The public will choose from a list of names provided by the institute’s carnivore keepers, which reflect the importance of animals as a “distinctly North American species,” according to a press release.

The vote, which runs until Sunday, will take place in three different ways. To name the female ferret, people can vote daily on the zoo’s website. One of the man’s names will be selected by current members of the Smithsonian National Zoo via an e-newsletter poll. The other male will be named by the players of Zoo Guardians, the zoo’s educational mobile app game.

The name choices for the female ferret are as follows:

  • Americana: Scientific names for many prairie species include Americana;
  • Aster: A purple flower native to the American prairie;
  • Prairie Rose: Species of rose native to central North America.

The name options for the male ferret selected by the members of the National Zoo are as follows:

  • Albus: In honor of the pale sturgeon (Scaphirhychus albus), an endangered fish;
  • Cupido: In honor of the great prairie chicken (Tympanuchus cupido);
  • Swifty: In honor of the swift fox.

The naming choices for the male kit named by Zoo Guardians players are as follows:

  • Aspen: Short for “trembling aspen” – a plant native to the American prairie;
  • Cottonwood: A plant native to the American prairie;
  • Falco: In honor of the prairie falcon (Falco mexicanus).
The public will have until Sunday to choose their favorite names for the zoo’s three black-footed ferret kits. (Courtesy of the National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute at the Smithsonian)

The announcement of the baby ferrets’ name changes comes a month before the 40th anniversary of the discovery of their species, said Will Pitt, acting deputy director of the national zoo. The black-footed ferret was originally thought to be extinct.

“This species has made a remarkable recovery through the power of collaborative conservation and breeding science,” I am delighted that we can honor this milestone and success by inviting our fans to help name the Potpie kits. ” , Pitt said.

In August, the Black-footed Ferret Species Survival Plan will conduct a genetic evaluation of the entire human-managed population. This assessment, the statement said, will determine whether the kits stay at Front Royal, move to another breeding facility, or join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s preconditioning program to prepare for release to the wild.

The winning names will be announced on July 27.

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