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Zoo Announces Penguin Naming Contest

LITTLE ROCK (February 6, 2013) – The Little Rock Zoo announced today the top three names in the contest to name its baby penguin and opened voting for the name on its Facebook page.   

Members of the public were invited to submit entries to name the Zoo’s new baby penguin born October 30, 2012.   Keepers asked that names be appropriate for a male and be ocean themed. Names were submitted through the Zoo’s website at, during the Zoo’s World Penguin Day celebration held January 20, and on the Zoo’s Facebook fan page.    

Penguin keepers sifted through more than 2,300 submissions and selected the top three finalists for the baby’s new name:  
Little Rocky

Voting officially opened today on the Zoo’s Facebook fan page and will end at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13, 2013.         

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