We are happy to announce the winners of our Second Annual Mexican Wolf Pup Naming Contest!
Students from kindergarten through eighth grade participated in the contest in teams or as individuals. Altogether, 86 contestants from the United States and Canada submitted over 70 entries that included art or essays along with the names the contestants chose. From these, 9 names were chosen as winners to name the 9 pups born in 2013 who have been collared and recorded by the Mexican wolf interagency field team.
An additional 12 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, originality of 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!
You can click the wolf pup names to see the actual entries*
Esperanza — Bluestem Pack female pup 1339 — Submitted by Maddie D.
“In Spanish Esperanza means ‘hope.’ Hope for a new start, lucky life in the city or in the country. Esperanza is a Spanish name and it is a Mexican Grey Wolf. This name symbolizes Mexico, hope, luck and beauty. That’s why this is a good name for a Mexican Grey Wolf pup!”
Esperanza — Bluestem Pack female pup 1339 — Submitted by Team Emily P. and Annabelle B.
“‘Esperanza’ means ‘hope’ in Spanish. We believe this is a perfect name for a Mexican wolf pup because this shows Mexican origin. Also, this species is nearly extinct. There are only about 58 grey wolves in the wild and 100 in captivity. Every generation of these wolf pups born in the wild gives us hope that this species will survive years to come. The name Esperanza shows that we are hopeful and determined to return this species to its healthy state as it was long ago.”
Geronimo — Maverick Pack male pup 1336 — Submitted by Krystianna F.
“I was warmed by the sun, rocked by the winds and sheltered by the trees as other Indian babes. I was living peaceably when people began to speak bad of me. Now I can eat well, sleep well and be glad. I can go everywhere with a good feeling.”
Nike — Willow Springs Pack male pup 1329 — Submitted by Turner Burns
“Dear Mexican Gray Wolves,
This is my artwork for the lobo naming contest. I would like to name a wolf pup Nike, because Nike is the goddess of victory in Greek myths. She is often shown with wings, and I drew wings to show how cool it would be if wolves had wings so they could fly away from hunters. Also, I think Nike is just a nice name.
Niku — Bluestem Pack male pup 1331 — Submitted by Hayley Kristinat
“Because it means victory in Finnish.”
Poco — Willow Springs Pack male pup 1338 — Submitted by Grace Schram
“Because it means little and the pup is little and Poco is a Spanish word for little and they are Mexican gray wolves so
it makes sense.”
it makes sense.”
Shadow – Bluestem Pack male pup 1330 — Submitted by Renea Stratton
“They are like a shadow in the dark and the only thing that gives them away is their pretty glowing eyes.”
Unique – Bluestem Pack female pup 1332 — Submitted by Danielle H.
“I think that Unique is a good name because that name is unique. And Mexican gray wolfs are unique!”
Verde – Bluestem Pack female pup 1333 — Submitted by Eleanor W.
“Wolves help plants and trees, and plants and trees are green.”
Zia – Bluestem Pack female pup 1340 — Submitted by Lillian R.
“I think that we should name the wolf Zia because it represents New Mexico. I like the meaning of the Zia, because it is on the NM flag. It means the four points of the compass (north, south, east, and west); the four seasons of the year (spring, summer, autumn and winter); the four periods of each day (morning, noon, evening, and night); the four seasons of life (childhood, youth, middle years, and old age); and the four sacred obligations one must develop (a strong body, a clear mind, a pure spirit, and a devotion to the welfare of others). Looking at the map the Mexican Gray Wolves are being introduced in New Mexico so it would show that it is a New Mexican and that’s where it’s from. Also the sacred obligation is a strong body, which I am sure she would have.”
Athena — Submitted by Ashley G.
Bailey (II) — Submitted by Neil K.
Emerald — Submitted by Xander H.
Faith — Submitted by Ian K.
Howls — Submitted by Larissa Solarie
Lupa — Submitted by Julian B.
Mocha — Submitted by Team Anna S., Annathea E., & Isaiah L.
Pathu kui — Submitted by Jason M.
Sequoia — Submitted by Callista H.
Survivor — Submitted by Michael S.
Survivor — Submitted by Team Zachary B. & Elijah D.
Valiente — Submitted by Helen W.
Wolfie — Submitted by Thea K.
Aileen — Submitted by Beia S.
Ambrose — Submitted by Max M.
Andy — Submitted by Team Ashlee O. & Grace C.
Arnold — Submitted by Tim M.
Ash — Submitted by Ethan O.
Bay Fire — Submitted by Jadyn G.
Cameron Bairstow — Submitted by Team Max R. & Kobe H.
Cerberus — Submitted by Josh B.
Chewy — Submitted by Team Kyel M. & Ethan R.
Dan — Submitted by Nico K.
Demetri — Submitted by Payton E.
Donn-Liath Chliste — Submitted by Team Chloe L. & Sierra K.
Fang — Submitted by Joshua Kristinat
Faolan — Submitted by Isabel D.
Fierce — Submitted by Hannah P.
Finn — Submitted by Gabe B.
Gandalf — Submitted by Gabe B.
Gregory — Submitted by Jake G.
Hazel — Submitted by Team Eden A., Shane C. & Elizabeth M.
Howler — Submitted by Javier G.
Hunter — Submitted by Autumn Larsen
Hunter — Submitted by Jakob M.
Hunter — Submitted by Hunter C.
Hunter — Submitted by Team Eddy L., Savanna D. & Jack M.
Ich — Submitted by Sebastian S.
Inferno — Submitted by Team Selena P. & Francesca B.
Jasper — Submitted by Grace P.
Kendall Williams — Submitted by Team Emma O. & Avelaka S.
Luna — Submitted by Maya L.
Max — Submitted by Carsten T.
Ozzy — Submitted by Tomas J.
Ralphford — Submitted by Antonio P.
Romulus — Submitted by Gabe W.
Rufus — Submitted by Dani J.
Rusty — Submitted by Luke D.
Rusty — Submitted by Dante M.
Rusty — Submitted by Ethan M.
Shaggy — Submitted by Aryanna D.
Softy — Submitted by Giulia P.
Speelse — Submitted by Quinn C.
Starpup — Submitted by Team Allison M. & Ashna J.
Stefano — Submitted by Lizzy E.
Vanilla — Submitted by Team Shena S. & Joselyn Z.
Wolfy — Submitted by Caleb F.
For the most recent Mexican Wolf Blue Range Reintroduction Project Monthly Update with information about these pups’ packs, click here.
** NOTE: Only the contestants’ for whom we received parental consent have their names and entries posted here.