Help Dudley Zoo to name a new girl

A new female Patagonian Mara has arrived at Dudley Zoo – but the gorgeous girl is missing a name.

The adult female arrived earlier this month from Amazona Zoo in Cromer, Norfolk, and is settling in well with the group.

The Castle Hill attraction has launched an e-mail competition, giving visitors the chance to name her, with an adoption pack for the friendly female who has moved in with Barry, Martha and their twins on offer for the winner. Keeper Josh Luxton said:

“Our newcomer is doing well and getting along with the group, especially Barry. We just need a name for her now and hope our visitors can come up with something suitable.”

The young twins, who were born at the start of September, also don’t have names yet but keepers will decide on those after they have been sexed. The Patagonian Mara is the third largest rodent species in the world and classed as near threatened on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red Data list due to the loss of its habitat.

Suggestions for a female name should to be emailed to by midnight on Sunday 18th November. Entrants should include their name and contact details and put 'Mara Naming Competition' as the subject.

The winner of the adoption pack, which includes a certificate, fact sheet, photo and zoo admission ticket, will be selected by staff and announced next week.


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