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Saying the name of our new Harris hawk!

Zoo Atlanta
March 1, 2022

The new Harris hawk at Zoo Atlanta has been named Hawkmoth, thanks to an authentic tale of a mystery superhero who aids a princess in a instant of want. “The Princess and the Hawk” was the winning tale selected from far more than 90 entries from small children ages 13 and underneath in Zoo Atlanta’s Title the Harris Hawk Contest. The tale was submitted by Harrison and Caroline Elliott, ages 6 and 4, of Dacula, Georgia. The contest winners will enjoy four normal admission tickets to Zoo Atlanta and an special come across with an ambassador fowl.

In addition to the contest winners, Zoo Atlanta recognizes four Honorable Mentions and their involved hawk names and tales: “Hawkward,” the story of a bullied hawk who finds friends in an not likely spot, submitted by Cate Williams, age 9 “Ember,” the tale of a hawk and his close friends who want to celebrate Taco Tuesday on a Friday, submitted by Aslan Wiggins, age 10 “Spotter,” a heroic tale of the smallest of hawks remaining ready to conserve the day, submitted by Rhea Menon, age 13 and “Chocolate,” the tale of a hawk who tasted negative to sharks, submitted by August Roberts, age 4. The Honorable Mentions will be featured on Zoo Atlanta’s social networks in coming weeks.

Scores of entries poured in when Zoo Atlanta declared the naming contest, which opened on February 3 and continued as a result of February 21. The winning tale was read through aloud by using video clip on Zoo Atlanta Fb and Instagram by Ambassador Animals Keeper McKenzie Bender to African gray parrot Larry, a longtime member of the Zoo’s Globe of Wild Theater offered by Ga Organic Fuel.

“We were being thrilled by the stage of participation we observed in the contest, with so a lot of superb stories,” claimed Justin Eckelberry, Direct Keeper, Ambassador Animals. “Our winner was a imaginative spin on a superhero story, with a surprise twist at the stop. We seem forward to introducing Hawkmoth and the remarkable diversifications of his species to our Zoo readers later this year.”

Indigenous to the southwestern U.S., northwestern Mexico, and south to Argentina and Chile, Harris hawks are typically solitary but are also recognized to hunt in groups, earning them the nickname “wolves of the sky.” Though the species is not at the moment threatened in the wild, the hawks face habitat destruction, habitat disruption, and threats from ability strains.

The Ambassador Animals Crew is hopeful that Hawkmoth, who hatched at a different facility and is now 5 months previous, will have an prospect to meet Customers and attendees in a Environment of Wild Theater presentation this summer time.

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