SEATTLE -- Here, piggy piggy piggy! Three Visayan warty pigs, all females, have made their way to Woodland Park Zoo this summer. The zoo invites community members to select their favorite names for the wild pigs through a contest from July 22 to August 3 presented by U.S. Bank and The Seattle Times.
The zoo has chosen six names native to the warty pigs’ homeland of the Visayan Islands in the central Philippines. Now, it’s your chance to vote for three of your favorite names and to give these pigs their titles.
Voting is open to participants of all ages. To claim prizes, entrants must be legal Washington state residents and 18 or older (or have guardian approval); one ballot per eligible entrant.
Ballots will be available every day in The Seattle Times from July 22 - August 3, 2012. All ballots must be returned to a participating Puget Sound area U.S. Bank location during business hours by end of business day August 4, 2012. For complete rules, a list of participating U.S. Bank locations, visit www.zoo.org/pigs.
Voters will be entered to win a grand prize or one of two runner-up prizes: 1.) Grand prize (one winner): A $500 Visa gift card courtesy of U.S. Bank and a Woodland Park Zoo Visayan warty pig “ZooParent” adoption package; 2.) Runners up (two winners): A id="mce_marker"00 Visa gift card courtesy of U.S. Bank and a Woodland Park Zoo Visayan warty pig “ZooParent” adoption package. The three winners will be drawn at random from all eligible entries.
“We’re excited to introduce our three wild pigs to zoo visitors. As a population, the Visayan warty pigs are a critically endangered species,” said Martin Ramirez, a mammal curator at Woodland Park Zoo. “By giving them a place at the zoo, we’re making the community aware of their endangerment and our conservation efforts to help grow their population.”
Please visit www.zoo.org/pigs during the week of August 13 to view the three most voted warty pig names and the three prize winners.
On May 5, the warty pig exhibit, presented by U.S. Bank and The Seattle Times, opened for zoo visitors to see the playful little pigs in action. The arrival of the new pig species marks the first time that wild pigs have joined the zoo’s collection of animal ambassadors. Recognized by their punk-rocker hairdos, these Philippine natives debuted as instant crowd-pleasers and can be visited in the award-winning Elephant Forest near the elephant pool.
Woodland Park Zoo’s summer hours through September 30: 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. Zoo admission through September 30: Adult (13-64) id="mce_marker"7.75; Child (3-12) id="mce_marker"1.50; Free for children two and under year round. Active and retired U.S. military and their families, seniors and people with physical disabilities receive a discount and zoo members receive free zoo admission year round.
For a Rainy Day Discount coupon, go to www.zoo.org/rainyday and check if it has been posted for the day. Discount coupons, when offered, are good for 50% off on regular admission to the zoo, limited four admissions per coupon. Coupons, if posted online, will appear no later than 4:00 pm. The day before the coupon is valid. Discounts cannot be combined with other discounts or offers, and are good only for the day indicated on the coupon. If there isn’t a coupon, be sure to check back on another day.
For more information or to become a zoo member, visit www.zoo.org. Or call 206.548.2500 or 548.2599 (TTY).