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Fifth Annual Mexican Wolf Pup Naming Contest Results

Students Give Names to Twenty Three Mexican Wolf Pups Born in 2016

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We are happy to announce the results of our Fifth Annual Mexican Wolf Pup Naming Contest!

Students from kindergarten through eighth grade participated in the contest in teams or as individuals. Altogether, 142 contestants from around the world submitted 112 entries that included art or essays along with the names the contestants chose. From these, 23 names were chosen as winners to name the 23 pups born in 2016 who have been collared and recorded by the Mexican Wolf Interagency Field Team.

An additional 20 names were selected as runners up, whose name selections will be assigned to pups if and when additional pups are collared.  The remaining entries all received honorable mentions.

The contest judges had a very difficult task. Entries were ranked based on a combination of the pup name, the art or essay, and the reason given for the name. It was evident that a great deal of thought, creativity and passion went into the entries we received. These young people and their teachers and parents give us hope for the future of Mexican gray wolves and we think that they are ALL WINNERS!


Names Assigned to Collared Pups Born in 2016

Akela
Leopold Pack
male pup 1561
Submitted by Paige G.
6th Grade




Aleu
Diamond Pack 
male pup 1559
Submitted by Luke Straube
Kindergarten



Argentum
Diamond Pack 
male pup 1572 
Submitted by Ezra H.H.,
6th Grade



Atira
Bluestem Pack 
female pup 1562 
Submitted by Ethan U.
6th Grade



Centinela
Panther Creek Pack 
female pup 1484 
Submitted by Eleanor Wilhelm
4th Grade



Chico
Bluestem Pack
male pup 1573
Submitted by Isabelle T. & Quincy K.
6th Grade



Da-Kari
Panther Creek Pack 
male pup 1486 
Submitted by Hannah Duncan
4th Grade



Fortitudo
Iron Creek Pack 
male pup 1556 
Submitted by Connor M. & Mateo R.
6th Grade



Keystone
Bluestem Pack
male pup 1568
Submitted by Jaryn Allen
4th Grade



Moon Beam
Hoodoo Pack 
female pup 1550 
Submitted by Nimue Genocchio
Kindergarten



Moonlight
Bluestem Pack 
female pup 1563 
Submitted by Amanda K. & Cleo C.
6th Grade
Sanaiha M. also named her pup Moonlight



Paz
Prieto Pack 
male pup 1569 
Submitted by Isa P. & Mia D. G.
6th Grade




Peaceful
Prieto Pack 
female pup 1565 
Submitted by Jonathan D.
Kindergarten




Pluto
Luna Pack 
male pup 1554 
Submitted by Campbell P.
6th Grade



Rakesh
Panther Creek Pack
male pup 1483
Submitted by Scarlet Niles
5th Grade



Rio Espiritu
Diamond Pack 
male pup 1571 
Submitted by Leah E.
6th Grade




River
Elk Horn Pack 
male pup 1474 
Submitted by Sophie B.
6th Grade



Sentouki
San Mateo Pack
female pup 1551
Submitted by Ivory H.
5th Grade



Spirit
Diamond Pack 
female pup 1560 
Submitted by Logan C.
6th Grade



Ulv 
Diamond Pack 
female pup 1570
Submitted by Sebastian A. Holm
2nd Grade



Willow 
Hoodoo Pack 
female pup 1549 
Submitted by Bria Shay Neff
4th Grade
Finnigan B. also named his pup "Willow"



Zeus
Iron Creek Pack 
male pup 1555
Submitted by Andrew S.
5th Grade
Brandon K. & Elijah M., Cristobal R., and Josiah S. also named their pups "Zeus"



Zyanya
Bear Wallow Pack 
female pup 1548
Submitted by Bennett Straube
Kindergarten




Names to be Assigned to Future Collared Pups from 2016
You can click the wolf pup names to see the actual entries.


Arkanes – Submitted by Amelia Lee Elliott
Camo – Submitted by Jack Niles
Canyon – Submitted by Adel V.
Dajanae – Submitted by Dajanae K.
Diamond – Submitted by Lydia X.
Everglow – Submitted by Nerissa Genocchio
Glory – Submitted by Luke and Bennett Straube
Howler – Submitted by Haley J.
(Nathan Ignatoff also named his pup "Howler")
Lahim – Submitted by Alexandria R.
Light – Submitted by Kristy H.
Loki – Submitted by McKenna H.
Lowell – Submitted by Team Brianna Lente & Arianna Bruso
Luna Sombra – Submitted by Team Sofia H. & Sophia V.
Matsi – Submitted by Team Isabella R. & Lucy S.
North – Submitted by Macee Murdock
Prases - Submitted by Team Audra C. & Beliza S.
Ranger - Submitted by Noah S.
Rio - Submitted by Team Alyssa C. & Gabi P.
Trico - Submitted by Isaac Buchanan
Windy - Submitted by Ralph King
(Jayden P. also named his pup "Windy")



Honorable Mentions


Alpha – Submitted by Team Calypso Tucker & Irais Guzman
Amethyst – Submitted by Teagan H.
Atlantis – Submitted by Rosalina B.R.
Azul – Submitted by Mackenzie Couch
Bella – Submitted by Paloma C.
Bella – Submitted by Jailene C.
Choir – Submitted by Ethel C.
Dip – Submitted by Dylan J.
Doge – Submitted by Team Felix S. & Ryan P.
Ella – Submitted by Trishel B.
Engelmann – Submitted by Parker J.-W.
Ezekiroe Elliot Jr. – Submitted by Kaden M.
Faith – Submitted by Joy U.
Fang – Submitted by Steven T.
Fernando – Submitted by Team Dominic N. & Dylan M.
Freddy – Submitted by Triston B.
Frosty – Submitted by Team Amelie B., Rosalina B. R., & Sophia H.
Fruity – Submitted by Jaydus W.
Ghost – Submitted by Leo O.
Handy – Submitted by Syam V.
Hauns – Submitted by Jackson P.
Howl – Submitted by Shuahlu X.
Husky – Submitted by Natalie Yang
Jack Frost – Submitted by Ariel Alberto Hernandez
Joe – Submitted by Pedro C. V.
Jumpy – Submitted by Matthew R.
Kirby – Submitted by Kelly L.
Ladybug – Submitted by Dayanira A.
Lebra – Submitted by Jhaedien L.
Lil Fire – Submitted by Jared M.
Little Lizards – Submitted by Jayden L.
Lobo – Submitted by Ellen F.
Lone-wolf – Submitted by Team Daniel S. & Pablo N.
Love Angel – Submitted by Makiata K.
Madilynn – Submitted by Madilynn N.
Major – Submitted by Major J. Parker
Miracle – Submitted by Paulina N.
Monis – Submitted by Yuyuan Xiong
Morty – Submitted by Tenzin W.
Mountain – Submitted by Kaden G.
Mr. Wolf – Submitted by Ryu Lee
Mucho – Submitted by Gwendolyn C.
Nach – Submitted by Stephanie Y.
Nature – Submitted by Anna B.
Nikki – Submitted by Lucas S.
Oscar – Submitted by Molly B.
Pepper – Submitted by Samara G.
Pine – Submitted by Stoney C.
Princess – Submitted by Talia B.
Rocky – Submitted by Aidan L.
Rocky – Submitted by Gavin W.M.
Rosy – Submitted by Alizzon V.
Roxy – Submitted by Mikayla M.
Ruby – Submitted by Riena Lor
Scout – Submitted by Haley B.
Sugar Plum – Submitted by Laila B.
Urine – Submitted by Chamberlain Key
Vanilla Bean – Submitted by Julia W.
Vanilla Ice – Submitted by Team Grant L., Harry H. M. & Tate W.
Vanilla Spring – Submitted by Team Adeline A. & Emily W.
Warrior – Submitted by Alyse Pratt
Windy Wolf – Submitted by Lamin
Winter – Submitted by Dayany R.
Wonder 1 – Submitted by Saharah King
Yip – Submitted by Team Niki C. & Rhianna M.
Zoe – Submitted by Ella M.


You can view all of the entries here:

Kindergarten – 2nd Grade (part 1)

Kindergarten – 2nd Grade (part 2)

Kindergarten – 2nd Grade (part 3)

Kindergarten – 2nd Grade (part 4)

Kindergarten – 2nd Grade (part 5)


3rd Grade – 5th Grade


6th Grade – 8th Grade (part 1)

6th Grade – 8th Grade (part 2)



For the most recent Mexican Wolf Blue Range Reintroduction Project Monthly Update with information about these pups’ packs, click here.