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Meerkats get names

Posted by: Rebecca Whitham, Communications

You cast the votes, we tallied (for hours and hours!), and it’s decided. Today we revealed the names you selected for our new mob of four female and four male meerkats—though the meerkats were far more interested in the watermelon enrichment they received as part of our Red, White & Zoo celebration!

The winning names, in order of most votes received:
ZIMBA (Zambian town)
NATA (southern African river)
MOLOPO (southern African river)
KIWANO (Kalahari fruit)
KALAHARI (African desert)
DINAWA (“beans” in Tswana)
ACACIA (African tree)
NGAMI (lake in Botswana)

We received more than 2,600 ballots through our naming contest presented by U.S. Bank and The Seattle Times that ran from June 1-June 15. You had the chance to select up to eight of your favorite names from 16 choices that reflected the meerkats’ native southern African habitat. We counted more than 16,600 individual votes in total for the different names!

Big thanks to you all for voting! As a reward, we present you with meerkat melon mania…

Photo by Dennis Dow/Woodland Park Zoo. Video produced by Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo.


Anonymous said…
Hey, could you guys post the meerkats radio commercials? Those things are *hilarious*, and, if I might say, much better than the dancing meerkute ads...
Both the "Meerkute Dance" video and the radio commercial are already up! Visit to see and hear!
Anonymous said…
hey do you know the names of any meerkats in meerkat manor just curious!?
Ric Brewer said…
You can find out the names of the meerkats on Meerkat Manor at Discovery Channel's website: