Maned Wolf Mother and Cubs 2017

Louisville Zoo Announces Naming Contest for Two New Maned Wolf Pups

CONTACT: Kyle Shepherd
Direct: 502-238-5331  |  Media Only: 502-744-5639

The Louisville Zoo maned wolf zoo keepers have chosen five sets of possible names for the Zoo’s newest additions — two female maned wolf pups — and the Zoo wants your help in selecting the winning names. The pups were born February 14 to wolves Sadie and Rocko, both five years old. The pups are the first to be born at the Zoo in ten years. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species lists the maned wolf as near threatened.

Listed below are the five sets of names for which the public is invited to cast votes to determine the winning set:

Marcelle and Angela
Named for Louisville Zoo staff members who have been heavily involved with important maned wolf conservation and education — longtime retired Education Director Marcelle Gianelloni and maned wolf keeper Angela Johnson.

Ginger and Ruby Rudy
Named for Ginger Eye, the senior maned wolf keeper at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute who shared her knowledge about maned wolves with our keeper staff. Ginger is also the orangish-brown color of the maned wolf coat.

Ruby Rudy: Ruby is from the Latin word rubeus meaning “red” (also similar to the coat color of some maned wolves). The name Rudy was chosen for the Louisville-based pet food company Rudy’s Greens that worked with keeper staff to formulate a special custom blend to address the nutritional needs of the Zoo’s maned wolves.

Winona and Tahshah
Winona is Sioux for “firstborn daughter”; the Sioux are groups of Native American tribes and First Nations peoples in North America. Tahshah is Caddo for “wolf”; the Caddo Nation is a confederacy of several Southeastern Native American tribes.

Ramona and Beatrice
Named after the two sisters in the Beverly Cleary kids’ books, “Beezus and Ramona.”

Cora and Catina
Cora is short for Coração, meaning “heart” in Portuguese. The pups were born on Valentine’s Day. Catina is a Portuguese name for girls, meaning “pure.”

Maned Wolf Pup Naming Contest
The naming contest has begun and votes must be received by midnight EST on Sunday, June 4, 2017. There is no purchase necessary to enter.
Three Ways to Enter:

  • Via the Zoo’s website at by June 4, 2017.
  • In person at the Zoo in the Administration building by 5 p.m. on June 4, 2017 providing a postcard or letter with required contest information (or
  • With postcard or letter postmarked with required contest information by June 4, 2017 to Maned Wolf Naming Contest, Louisville Zoo, 1100 Trevilian Way, PO Box 37250, Louisville KY 40213

The set of names receiving the largest number of votes will be used to name the wolf pups. Only one vote for each unique email will be considered. All voters who cast their votes for the winning set of names will be entered into a random drawing for the grand prize. One grand prize winner will be selected. Winner will be announced the week of June 12.

The grand prize is a behind-the-scenes tour for up to five (5) persons. Total retail value of prize package is $250. No cash value or substitutions.

A complete list of the official contest rules can be found at


The Louisville Zoo, a non-profit organization and state zoo of Kentucky, is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

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