AKRON, Ohio – On Friday, Aug. 24, the Akron Zoo revealed the names for its new babies. Earlier this month, the zoo asked the public to help choose names for the Humboldt penguin chick and Siberian musk deer fawn during its “Oh Deer! Waddle We Name Them?” naming contest, sponsored by Akron Children’s Hospital.
The male penguin chick will be named Rico, which means “brave ruler” in Spanish. The female musk deer fawn’s name is Alina (a-lee-nah), which means “beautiful” in Russian.
Rico, the penguin chick, hatched on June 1, and Alina, the musk deer fawn, was born on June 13. Both babies have made their public debut and are now in their respective habitats daily.
The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. Hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and admission is $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, $9 for children (ages 2-14). Children under two are free and parking is $3. 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 connect your life to wildlife while inspiring lifelong learning and conservation action. 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.