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Winners Announced in the Great Plains Zoo’s “Name the Baby” Contest

July 31, 2018

The two young female Alpacas living at the Hy-Vee Face-to-Face Farm at the Great Plains Zoo now have names, courtesy of the Zoo’s annual Hy-Vee “Name the Baby” Contest.

The winning names – Willow and Poppy – were submitted by 5-year-old Taryn Breuer and were selected from more than 1,300 entries made at Hy-Vee stores and online. Breuer received a three-foot plush horse and an opportunity to meet and feed the young Alpacas.  

“The public always has a lot of fun with this contest, and we get hundreds of creative, amusing and unique names,” said Elizabeth A. Whealy, President and CEO of the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History. “Adults and children enjoy watching these Zoo babies grow up, and an opportunity like naming an Alpaca helps families connect with animals and nature in a more personal way.”

Great Plains Zoo Alpacas

Willow (L) and Poppy (R)

Willow and Poppy can be viewed daily in Hy-Vee Face-to-Face Farm. The Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., with the last admission at 6 p.m. Visit the Zoo online at, or call 605-367-7003 for more information about the Zoo and Museum.


The Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering a greater understanding of our natural world through education, conservation, recreation and discovery. The Great Plains Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) – a leader in wildlife conservation. Less than 10% of animal institutions in the United States have met the high standards for AZA accreditation.

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