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.”
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 www.greatzoo.org, 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.
Love this zoo! Great place to get a walk in and the animals are everywhere! The museum/indoor part is very educational too. Has a lot of shade for when it's hot out. Very clean. Friendly staff.Taylor F.
We love to visit the zoo. They have great outdoor exhibits and lots to do inside as well. Great for kids and adults.Robin A.
Lots of great exhibits and animals to see! Fun gift shop and learning center.Stephanie N.
A really great zoo featuring some exotic species and I liked the focus on conservancy/breeding to preserve species for the rhinos. The safari area's cheetah was awesome to see. During a week day going, it was quite open to walk around and enjoy without too much crowding.Joseph H.
The museum gives you a break from the sun on hot summer days and has a great selection of animal exhibits from around the world. The zoo keeps growing and adding new animal habitats or improving existing ones. Membership offers reciprocal benefits to other zoos around the country.Bill T.