Racine Zoo Launches Three Little Pigs Naming Contest

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Zoo Little Pigs LargeApr 24 - May 26, 2013Racine, WI262-636-9312

Squeal with Excitement as the Racine Zoo Launches Three Little Pigs Naming Contest

Racine, Wis., April 23, 2013 – The Racine Zoological Society is launching a naming contest starting April 24 for three baby mini pigs expected to arrive at the Zoo in early May. The mini pigs will be featured along with Nigerian dwarf goats, Tunis sheep, alpacas, llamas, and other species from around the world in the new interactive Barnyard Safari exhibit opening Memorial Day Weekend at the Zoo.

The community and surrounding areas are encouraged to submit names April 24 through May 8 to the Racine Zoo Facebook page (facebook/racinezoo) or through The Racine Journal Times online contest page (journaltimes.com/pigs). Zoo staff will narrow entries down to five finalists. Public voting for finalists occurs May 15 through May 26. The winning names will be announced on June 1 on Racine & Me airing on WBME CBS 58 and in The Racine Journal Times.

The winner receives a special Zoo prize package worth $250 that includes three plush pigs, a one-year family membership, and special animal encounter, in addition to “oinking” rights, of course. One submission per person is allowed.

“This is a fun opportunity to get the community involved to help name these three little pigs and to raise visibility for an animal species people may not be aware of,” said Jay R. Christie, president and CEO of the Racine Zoo. “We are all anxiously awaiting to see what names are submitted!”

The mini pig is a small, colorfully spotted pig. Mini pigs are small in size, typically between 20 - 40 pounds. Weight will vary depending on bone structure, health, and length of the pig. Height ranges from 10 to 16 inches and length from chest to base of tail is 12 to 26 inches.

About the Racine Zoo

Nestled along the sandy shores of Lake Michigan, the Racine Zoo is open daily. Current hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission fees are: Members and children under three: FREE, children three to 15: $6, seniors: $7, and adults: $8. Racine County residents receive $1 off regular ticket prices with valid photo I.D. For more information on the Racine Zoo, its programs and events, visit www.racinezoo.org, call 262.636.9189 and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.