Here in the animal department naming an animal can be very tricky. Not because we are stuck on thinking of a name, but usually its because we can never agree on one.Sometimes it can become a rather comical heated debate amongst passionate keepers(*cough..me). In the past we’ve done the voting process or had certain keepers pick certain animals names. When we had parakeets for our Math Core now named Math Moves exhibit, I remember we were happy because there were enough birds that each individual keeper could pick their own name.
Some animals already come with names(Mimi,Auggie), some animals have had a contest in picking a name(Gus,Max),some animals are named by the keepers (Kit,Kat,Scout)and some are named by educators(Phoebe).
I have known other institutions that do not name their animals at all. They usually have a number like our wolves do.
The lemur center names their lemurs by specie: the ring tails all have Greek names or all of the aye-ayes have creepy names like Voldemort.
Some places have categories per year.Like 2011 was the year of the soda so their names would be Sprite or RC /2010 was year of the candy:Reese or Mars
If you have ever wondered how a certain animal got its name or maybe what the name of an exhibit turtle is just ask us in the comments section.