Virginia Zoo in Norfolk wants help naming endangered siamang baby

A zoo in Virginia wants to name one of its newcomers.

Last week, the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk announced an auction where someone would choose the name of their new Siamang child, who was born on June 26.

Bids are open until Friday, August 19 at 5:00pm EDT. According to the announcement on the zoo’s website, whoever wins the tender has until August 26 to send their choice of name to the zoo.

For record keeping, the baby’s name cannot match that of any other animal at the Virginia Zoo.

The zoo is also calling for gender-neutral names, as the siamang’s sex has not yet been determined.

That’s because the baby still has a bond with his mother — a siamang named Malana.

The baby’s father is another siamang named Bali, who is also at the Virginia Zoo, according to the announcement.

“The newborn screening has not yet been conducted because the mother and baby were not separated in the interest of their natural bonding process,” the Virginia Zoo said on its website.

The Virginia Zoo in Norfolk announced an auction where someone should choose the name of their new baby siamang.
The Virginia Zoo in Norfolk announced an auction where someone should choose the name of their new baby siamang.
The Virginia Zoo/Facebook

Monday’s highest bid was $625 from someone named Bernard David, according to the zoo’s auction site.

The money from the auction will benefit the Virginia Zoo’s Act for Wildlife Conservation Fund, the auction site said.

“A siamang birth is an important addition to this critically endangered great ape,” Virginia Zoo executive director Greg Bockheim said in a statement.

“Seeing a baby grow and engaging with their family is special to all of us.”

https://nypost.com/2022/08/15/norfolks-virginia-zoo-wants-help-naming-critically-endangered-baby-siamang/ Virginia Zoo in Norfolk wants help naming endangered siamang baby

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