We are happy to announce the results of our Third Annual Mexican Wolf Pup Naming Contest!
Students from kindergarten through eighth grade participated in the contest in teams or as individuals. Altogether, 114 contestants submitted over 91 entries that included art or essays along with the names the contestants chose. From these, 17 names were chosen as winners to name pups born in 2014 who have been collared and recorded by the Mexican wolf interagency field team.
An additional 21 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*
Tempesta — Prieto Pack female pup 1392 — Submitted by Julia Anna Costantini and Lorenzo Rochetti
“In Italian, it means storm, as it’s a powerful event in nature, it is a wish for the wolf to stay strong, wild, and free, as it deserves to be.”
Fuerza – Bluestem Pack male pup 1382 — Submitted by Rosa B-S
“I think that a wolf-pup should be named Fuerza, because fuerza means strength in Spanish. Though there are only about 80 Mexican Grey Wolves in the wild (not including the pups), they are still strong enough to affect their whole ecosystem. The humans had the strength to admit their fault and help this unique animal, and that means something. I think that we should name a pup Fuerza, for strength, because even though the Mexican Wolves lost their habitats and many of their kind, they still had the strength to hang on.”
Apache — Hawk’s Nest Pack male pup 1383 — Submitted by Daisy Kollmorgen
“Mexican wolves live in the Apache National Forest.”
Pecos – Coronado Pack male pup 1349-— Submitted by Analise G and Abigail G
“We chose this name partly because the Pecos river provides some of the environment the wolves need to survive. “¦ just like every other wolf pup we want their name to go with the nature around it, like to be related to its habitat.”
Griselda — Coronado Pack female pup 1348 — Submitted by Jamie T.
“I decided to name her Griselda because gris is the Spanish word for gray.”
Dakotah – single male pup 1350 (previously Coronado Pack) — Submitted by Kumari Pacheco
“In the language of the Sioux Native Americans, Dakotah means ‘allies’ or ‘friends’. The reasoning behind the name is simple; wolves are our friends, they have been for hundreds of years. The relationship between the Native American and the wolf was considered to be a spiritual pact for a friendship. It is only some of us humans today that still honor that bond, which makes it very important that it be expressed through everyone, starting with your precious pup.”
Essential — Dark Canyon Pack male pup 1347 — Submitted by Morgan M.
“Because it means important.”
Vida – Willow Springs Pack female pup 1397 -— Submitted by Mary G
“Vida means life in Spanish, and I think that would be a great name to show that the wolves will live on through life’s hardships.”
Century – Fox Mountain Pack male pup 1384— Submitted by Alejandra F-W and Paola V
“We want to name the wolf pup Century because about 100 years ago there was a big abundance of Mexican gray wolves, and now they’re being reintroduced. We think Century is a good name because it sort of celebrates the return of our wolves. The name, Century, is a very original name that is meant to shine light onto wolf population increase after the sad history of when they almost went extinct.”
Atoyaatl — Coronado Pack male pup 1351-— Submitted by Lauren C and Grace W
“We chose this name because it means river in Aztec. We would like to name our Mexican grey wolf Atoyaalt because the Mexican gray wolves can change the river and the wildlife around it.”
Adero – Luna Pack male pup 1398 — Submitted by Audrey de G
“Adero is a girl’s name that means “she who creates life.” When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park they changed the whole ecosystem by bringing down the population of deer and elk.”
Survivor – San Mateo Pack female pup 1399 — Submitted by Niko S and Evan C
“We picked ‘Survivor”‘ because the Mexican Grey wolves have survived as a species when they were on the edge of extinction.”
Guardian — Fox Mountain Pack male pup 1396 Submitted by Camilo V
“I think Guardian would be a good name because the wolves need a guardian to keep them safe and to help their population rise.”
Monty — Prieto Pack male pup 1386 — Submitted by Eleanor Wilhelm
“Wolves are strong and this name feels strong.”
Tiara – Willow Springs Pack female pup 1390— Submitted by Iriel B
“Because the wolf pup is pretty and cute and should be treated like a princess.”
Bravery — Dark Canyon male pup 1354-Dark Canyon— Submitted by Renea Stratton
“They are brave and courageous and try to teach us that they are our friends and a beautiful creation of mother nature.”
Mia Tuk — Willow Springs Pack male pup 1385 — Submitted by Jaryn A.
“He was born into the wild and became a very brave wolf.“
Tala — Submitted by Victoria D and Zoe W
April — Submitted by Atlanta —C
April — Submitted by Sara D and Taylor B
Rocky — Submitted by Nicole K
Diamond – Submitted by Elizabeth R
Kadin — Submitted by Trinity B
Rio Cazador — Submitted by Silas P
Blue – Submitted by Dalton L.
Woody – Submitted by Alexis D
Wuna – Submitted by Marialisa Hernandez
Bob – ***
Little Angel – Submitted by Justice E
Vanilla Rust – Submitted by Madison Moreno
Fudge – Submitted by Briana Huebner
Rusty Cream – Submitted by Naudia Dallas
Kindergarten — 2nd Grade:
Scruffy – Submitted by Aby A.
Cutie — Submitted by Alyssa M-C
Winter — Submitted by Kacee L
Lobo — Submitted by Maxton V.
Odin — Submitted by Olaf Emblem
Dome Dome — Submitted by Sean M.
Cocoa — Submitted by Damian C
Extreme Wild — Submitted by Tyler Huebner
3rd — 5th Grade
Dark Fang — Submitted by Izzy M.
Foxey — Submitted by Shara K
6th — 8th Grade
Arbor — Submitted by Branch D
Chile — Submitted by Amar K-B and Mateo R
Alana — Submitted by Abby S and Sofia S
River — Submitted by Leon R and Kai G
Ooya — Submitted by Aviva E
Vaniloby — Submitted by Tiffany S
Howl — Submitted by Florian A and Dominic G
Midnight — Submitted by Gabby J and Sofia S
Feliz — Submitted by Hannelore C
Layla — Submitted by Hailey K
Daisy — Submitted by Jordan S and Abella W
Selene — Submitted by Maylin M-K
Gjallahorn — Submitted by Grant W
Elpis — Submitted by Rowan C and Bodhi M
Dusk — Submitted by Saskia B
Whitefang or Fang — Submitted by Gabrielle P and Charlie S
Ghost — Submitted by Gabrielle P and Charlie S
Tornado — Submitted by Gabrielle P and Charlie S
Hermes — Submitted by Cody H
Little Red — Submitted by Jordyn M & Anastasia P
Carne — Submitted by Jonah M
Limit — Submitted by Jamie M
Artemis — Submitted by Ben A and Andrez B
Flamma — Submitted by Morgan P
Snowball — Submitted by Casper M and Christopher C
Snowy — Submitted by Nikki T
Huge Howls to all of our wonderful participants!
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 posted here.