Seneca Park Zoo launches naming contest for sea lion pup

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and Seneca Park Zoo officials announced Wednesday that the male sea lion pup born to 8-year-old Lily on June 7 is doing very well and will be on exhibit regularly.

Zoo officials also announced a naming contest for the new pup, and you could be the one to give it to him!

“Our new sea lion pup has almost everything he needs, from a loving mother, to caring staff, to a wonderful home with plenty of visitors, but he is still missing something important – a name!” said Dinolfo.

The naming contest will have two phases. In phase 1, the public is invited to submit their name suggestions for the male sea lion pup through Wednesday, August 16 by visiting the Seneca Park Zoo. Each visitor will receive a suggestion card to place in the official ballot box, located near the sea lion habitat in the Rocky Coast Exhibit.

Residents not entering the zoo are also welcome to submit name suggestions in the ballot box outside the main entry gate during regular zoo hours.

In phase 2, a panel of judges will select three finalists and Monroe County residents will have the opportunity to choose the sea lion pup’s name by voting on Dinolfo's Facebook page Thursday, August 17 through the end of day on Tuesday, August 22.

"We want everyone to come out to the zoo and meet this little pup and get a sense of what he likes to do, and doesn't like to do and to get your ideas going for what a great name for this little pup is," said Pamela Reed, Executive Director. "So we're very excited for our members and guests to come and fill out their ballot form."

The Seneca Park Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day.

 


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