Help The Franklin Park Zoo in Boston name the new male baby Baird’s tapir. The winning entry will receive a coveted behind-the-scenes tour of Franklin Park Zoo, including a chance to see where the baby spends its nights, and a one year “Zoodoption” of this species. The baby was born to Milton, a 16-year-old male, and Abby, a 3-year-old female. There are four species of tapir in the world. The species exhibited at Franklin Park Zoo is called the Baird’s tapir, named after the American naturalist who observed the animals in the mid 1800s. Baird’s tapirs are the second largest tapir in the world, second only to the Asian variety, and they are the largest land mammal found in the wild from Mexico to South America. Tapirs are considered endangered in the wild. While they are hunted for food and sport, their greatest threat to survival is habitat destruction due to logging and clearing of land for agriculture and development.
Entries will be accepted through Sunday, April 15.
The winner will be announced on Wednesday, April 18, 2007
To enter the baby naming contest, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name suggestion and contact information.
Please visit www.franklinparkzoo.org for more information or to plan a trip.