- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A Syracuse zoo is holding an online naming contest for its new Humboldt penguin chicks.

The two females hatched in January at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo are the offspring of Mario and Montana.

The zoo says an initial request last week yielded 961 suggested names, most from the U.S. and some from the United Kingdom.

Now the finalists chosen by a committee of zoo staff that considered creativity and overall appeal will go to an online vote.

A Latin American influence was also a factor because the Humboldts populate the west coast of South America.

The finalists are: Alejandra, Calypso, Frida, Malia and Muchacha. Voting started Monday and will run through 4 p.m. Friday on the zoo website.

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Online:

rosamondgiffordzoo.org/naming-contest

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