“You Can Vote on Name for African Painted Dog Puppy at Brookfield Zoo”

On Monday, January 13, A.D. 2020, African painted dog Ngala gave birth to a litter of puppies at Brookfield Zoo and since the zoo had to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic, when the pups were ready to enter their outdoor habitat on Friday, April 24, A.D. 2020, zoo visitors were unable to see the event as normally would be the case.  Consequently, the Chicago Zoological Society (C.Z.S.) decided they should make their public debut via the Brookfield Zoo’s “Bringing the Zoo to You” Facebook Live chat on Tuesday, April 28, A.D. 2020.  The litter consists of two sisters and five brothers.  Six of the seven pups – the two sisters and four of the brothers – now have names and the C.Z.S. is inviting the public to help name the seventh. 

The two sisters are Daisie and Roanne.  The five brothers with names are J.P., Cesar, Prospect, and Masikio.  The male without a name was the first-born in the litter.  Originally, the C.Z.S. intended to have a donor name that pup, but now they are inviting the public to help choose a name from a list of four names written up by the animal care staff. 

Those who wish to have a say in the matter can vote at the Brookfield Zoo’s Website at www.CZS.org/NamePaintedDogPuppy.   The names are Kashyyk (pronounced Ka-sheek), which is the name of the Wookie home world in Star Wars films, novels, comic books, and video games; Shaki (pronounced shah-key), which means shark in Chewa, a Bantu language spoken in Zimbabwe, one of the countries where African painted dogs are native; Taya (pronounced Ta-ya), which means jaws in Swahili; and Kwanza, which means first in Swahili.  

Voting began at noon on Thursday, May 7, A.D. 2020 and will continue through 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, A.D. 2020.  The result will be announced on Thursday, May 21, A.D. 2020.

Credit: Chicago Zoological Society Caption: The Chicago Zoological Society posted the “Bringing the Zoo to You: Painted Dog Pups” Facebook Live chat on its YouTube channel for the benefit of people who did not see it streaming live on Facebook. 

People interested in helping defray the cost care for the African painted dogs at Brookfield Zoo can contribute to the Animal Adoption program.  For $35, one will receive the Basic Package, which includes a 5” x 7” color photograph of the African painted dogs, a personalized certificate of “adoption,” an African painted dog fact sheet, and the Animal Adoption program decal.  To purchase one of these “adoption” packages, visit www.CZS.org/AnimalAdoption.

The C.Z.S. operates the Brookfield Zoo in west suburban Brookfield, Illinois on property that belongs to the Forest Preserve District of Cook County.  Founded in 1920 and chartered in 1921, the C.Z.S. brought to life the vision of Edith Rockefeller McCormick (1872-1932) to give Chicago a zoo without bars modeled on the Tierpark Hagenbeck, known in English as the Hagenbeck Animal Park, a privately-owned zoo in Hamburg founded in 1907 by Carl Hagenback, Junior (1844-1913).  The Brookfield Zoo opened in 1934, during the second year of Chicago’s second World’s Fair, A Century of Progress International Exposition (1933-34). 

Figure 1 Credit: Jim Schulz, Chicago Zoological Society Caption: The public can vote between the 7th and 20th of May, 2020 on the name for the first-born pup in the litter of seven born at Brookfield Zoo on Monday, January 13, A.D. 2020.  The first name on the list of his four possible names is Kashyyk (pronounced Ka-sheek), which is the name of the Wookie home world in Star Wars films, novels, comic books, and video games.

Figure 2 Credit: Jim Schulz, Chicago Zoological Society Caption: The public can vote between the 7th and 20th of May, 2020 on the name for the first-born pup in the litter of seven born at Brookfield Zoo on Monday, January 13, A.D. 2020.  The second name on the list of his four possible names is Shaki (pronounced shah-key), which means “shark” in Chewa, a Bantu language spoken in Zimbabwe, one of the countries where African painted dogs are native.

Figure 3 Credit: Jim Schulz, Chicago Zoological Society Caption: The public can vote between the 7th and 20th of May, 2020 on the name for the first-born pup in the litter of seven born at Brookfield Zoo on Monday, January 13, A.D. 2020.  The third name on the list of his four possible names is Taya (pronounced Ta-ya), which means “jaws” in Swahili.

Figure 4 Credit: Jim Schulz, Chicago Zoological Society Caption: The public can vote between the 7th and 20th of May, 2020 on the name for the first-born pup in the litter of seven born at Brookfield Zoo on Monday, January 13, A.D. 2020.  The fourth name on the list of his four possible names is Kwanza, which means “first” in Swahili.  

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