Once again it’s spring and last year’s Mexican wolf pups born in the wild have been given names by kids ranging from kindergartners to 8th-graders. This was the fifth year of Lobos of the Southwest’s contest and there were so many creative entries. You can see all of them here.
Eleven wolf families had pups that got names.
Bear Wallow Pack: Zyanya
Bluestem Pack: Atira, Chico, Keystone, Moonlight
Diamond Pack: Aleu, Argentum, Rio Espiritu, Spirit, Ulv
Elkhorn Pack: River
Hoodoo Pack: Moon Beam, Willow
Iron Creek Pack: Fortitudo, Zeus
Leopold Pack: Akela
Luna Pack: Pluto
Panther Creek Pack: Centinela, Da-Kari, Rakesh
Prieto Pack: Paz, Peaceful
San Mateo Pack: Sentouki
Some of the names not assigned to pups were reserved in the event more pups (from the 2016 litters) are captured and collared. Two of those runners-up are featured here.
Thank you to all of the kids who participated and put so much thought and effort into names for the wolf pups. Long live the lobos!