The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is announcing a Twitter naming contest for its rare male red-crowned crane chick. Zoo staff members hope the 24-hour social media naming contest for the three-week-old chick will help the public become more aware about the plight of these endangered cranes. Guidelines for the contest are below.
- Users can tweet the Zoo @palmbeachzoo and hashtag their chosen name from three options selected between 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, and last until 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18, 2014.
- The naming choices, selected by Zookeeper Sarah Coleman and former Zookeeper Erica LaMare, are Kaze (wind), Tobu (fly) and Kakashi (scarecrow). The selections are Japanese, honoring the native habitat of the endangered species.
- Only one tweet vote per user within the 24-hour period.
The chick is on exhibit with his parents in the crane habitat within the Australia/Asia section of the Zoo. He was born May 21, 2014, to mother Akai and father Yuki. This is the first chick for the two crane parents. The birth was part of a Species Survival Plan (SSP) recommendation through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
Red-crowned cranes are waterbirds from East Asia, and are among the most rare cranes in the world. The species is severely endangered in their native habitat, with scientists estimating fewer than 3,000 remaining.