Help us pick names!

New year,
new wolves, new names

Three 9-month-old male wolves are now on exhibit at the Toledo Zoo’s Arctic Encounter, joining the Zoo’s two adult female wolves. You can help the Zoo name them in a donation program that runs from Monday, Jan. 12 through Friday, Jan. 23.
Voting results will be announced on Monday, Jan. 26.

Vote for your favorite wolf names with your donation

You are invited to donate toward the wolves’ care and wild wolf conservation while helping to vote on their names. Your donation allows you to vote for three names (one for each wolf) from the Zoo’s pre-selected list of potential names. Multiple donations are allowed but our online system can only one process one donation and three votes per session. The list of names is:

Loki (Low-key) – mischievous shape-shifting god of Norse mythology
Odin (Oh-din) – mythological Norse god known for wisdom, wit and war
Hopi (Hope-ee) – Native American tribe name associated with peace, reverence and respect
Kanza (Kahn-zeh) – Native American tribe name associated with the south wind and water
Tundra (Tun-dreh) – from the Russian or Finnish word for a cold, treeless plain
Lobo (Low-boh) – from the Spanish word for wolf

Click on the button below to vote for your favorite three names and submit a donation for the wolf pups:

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Learn more about the new wolves

The new arrivals were brought in to expand the size of the Zoo’s wolf pack as its females get older. Because wolves are pack animals with a complex social structure, introductions were a carefully managed process. By slowly integrating the juveniles into the pack, Zoo staff was able to offer the juveniles the security they need without upsetting the hierarchy the adults had already established.

All three wolves are brothers from the same litter, and you can distinguish them from the females by their heavier build and slightly darker color (their coats have hints of reddish-brown, while the adults are very light grey).

Although wolves have endured a fierce reputation in human history and fairy tales, in reality they are shy, intelligent animals that mate for life and live in packs, caring for the pups together. These athletes can run as fast as 35 miles per hour and are well adapted to cold climates, with a keen sense of smell, double layers of fur and snowshoe-like paws.

Come visit!

The new wolf pack is scheduled to be on exhibit daily ‘til 4 p.m., though the animals’ well-being or weather changes may require briefly moving them off exhibit.


photos by Kandace York, Toledo Zoo