Beacon Journal staff writer
The last piece of the Mike & Mary Stark Grizzly Ridge has been put in place with the inclusion of two coyotes at the Akron Zoo.
The public now will get to choose their names.
The brother and sister coyotes were born April 13 in Logan, Utah, in a U.S. Department of Agriculture facility. They were acclimated to their surroundings before going on public exhibit.
Housing the coyotes in an exhibit next door to the red wolves on the ridge will give guests the opportunity to compare the differences and similarities in the two species.
Those interested in participating in the naming contest can do so at www.akronzoo.org through Dec. 2.
Zoo staff have chosen four options, two male and two female names, all with Native American origins.
Possible names for the male coyote are Dasan (“chief”) and Shilah (“brother”). The two female choices are Adany (“timber” or “woods”) and Kaliska (“coyote chasing deer”).
Coyotes, a species of canid, can be found anywhere in North and Central America and are one of the few animals that have increased their range in spite of human encroachment. They are grayish-brown to yellowish in color with a white belly and throat. The average weight of a coyote is 25 to 40 pounds.
Winter hours at the Akron Zoo are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $6 per person. Children under 2 are free, and parking is $2.
For more information, visit www.akronzoo.org or call 330-375-2550.