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Fourth Annual Pup Naming Contest for Kids - Help Give Mexican Wolf Pups Names!

Open to kindergarten through eighth grade. Deadline is January 20, 2016

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Faces like these are more than just numbers.

Mexican gray wolves are the most endangered wolves in the world. Fewer than 115 roam the wildlands of the Southwest.

And just like people, every Mexican wolf is special, and different, and deserving of his or her own identity.

So we are offering Mexican gray wolf educational resources and activities to help kids from kindergarten through eighth grade give the pups born in the wild in 2015 names to go with the numbers they’ve been assigned by the Interagency Field Team.


The naming contest is open to children across the globe and is a great way for kids, teachers, and parents to learn and share about these wonderful animals.


We will be accepting entries in three age categories:

  • Kindergarten through second grade: Pup names should be submitted with an entry form, artwork featuring Mexican gray wolves and a brief explanation of why the name was chosen.
  • Third through Fifth grade: Pup names can be submitted with an entry form, artwork focused on Mexican gray wolves and a brief explanation of why the name was chosen, a poem, or a short essay explaining why the name was chosen.
  • Sixth through Eighth grade: Pup names should be submitted with an entry form, a poem or short essay explaining why the name was chosen.

Entries can be submitted by individuals or teams.


You can download the full guidelines and entry form here.

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IMPORTANT * IMPORTANT * IMPORTANT

As this is the third year for the Pup Naming Contest, many names have already been given to pups.  Please see this list of names that are already taken.  Submissions with these names will not be considered in this year’s contest.
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All entries must be submitted to namelobopups@earthlink.net no later than midnight PST on January 20, 2016.

Entries will be posted on our website.

Winning entries will be recognized and celebrated in our email newsletter, on our website and Facebook page, and in press materials.

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For educational resources about Mexican gray wolves, visit:

Lobos of the Southwest:


Defenders of Wildlife’s Mexican gray wolves - basic facts

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service For the Kids:

For photographs, artwork, videos and other creative inspiration, visit:

Lobos of the Southwest

US Fish and Wildlife Service For the Kids

Endangered Species Coloring Book


Captive Breeding and Holding Facilities

Albuquerque BioPark: Mexican gray wolf slide show

California Wolf Center: Photo Gallery

Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center: Wolf Profiles

Complete List of Captive Facilities


Captive Breeding Facilities with Live Cameras:

California Wolf Center

Endangered Wolf Center

Wolf Conservation Center:
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You can also visit us at www.facebook.com/mexicangraywolves

Want more information? Email us at namelobopups@earthlink.net




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