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Woodland Park Zoo - Press Release


August 21, 2012


Results are in: Warty pigs receive Visayan names from community voters

Gigi Allianic, Caileigh Robertson
206.548.2550 |


Community members name the zoo’s three Visayan warty pigs Guapa, Bulak and Magdula.

Rendering credit: Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo


SEATTLE -- Community members cast more than 925 votes to name Woodland Park Zoo’s new Visayan warty pigs, which debuted in May for the first time in the zoo’s history.

The top names for the three female pigs, in order of greatest number of votes received are: GUAPA (beautiful), BULAK (flower) and MAGDULA (playful).

The community was invited to cast their votes from July 22 to August 3 with a naming contest presented by U.S. Bank and The Seattle Times. Voters selected their three favorite names from six choices that reflected the pigs’ Philippine origin. Over the course of the contest, more than 925 votes were cast by community members.

One lucky winner—Toni Thomas of Seattle—was selected at random from all eligible contest entrants to win the grand prize $500 Visa gift card courtesy of U.S. Bank and a Woodland Park Zoo Visayan warty pig “ZooParent” adoption package. Runners-up—Bethel B. VonRoeder and Brian Patneaude—will receive each a id="mce_marker"00 Visa gift card courtesy of U.S. Bank and a Woodland Park Zoo Visayan warty pig “ZooParent” adoption package. Visit to view the three most-voted warty pig names and the three prize winners.

“It’s been great to see the community’s excitement about the new addition of the Visayan warty pigs to the zoo,” said Martin Ramirez, a mammal curator at Woodland Park Zoo. “The community continues to play an active role at the zoo, and we’re happy they’ve joined us again to name our three pigs.”

On May 5, the warty pig exhibit, presented by U.S. Bank and The Seattle Times, opened for zoo visitors to see the playful warty pigs in action. These Philippine natives are making themselves at home in the award-winning Elephant Forest near the elephant pool. Guapa, Bulak, and Magdula are hard to miss with their spiky hairdos and long, narrow snouts. 

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 2 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 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, limit four admissions per coupon. Coupons, if posted online, will appear no later than 4:00 p.m. 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  Or call 206.548.2500 or 548.2599 (TTY).


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