After five days of voting and more than 6,700 votes cast, the three black-footed ferret kits at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia have received their names. The female kit was named “Aster,” in honor of a purple flower that is native to the American Prairie. Smithsonian National Zoo Members voted for her brother’s name and chose “Swifty” in honor of the swift fox. Players of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s mobile game, Zoo Guardians, chose the name Aspen for the second male kit. His name is short for “quaking aspen,” another plant native to the American prairie.
Black-footed ferrets, North America's only native ferret species, were once thought extinct. Now an endangered species, every birth is a significant achievement. Keepers selected the nine potential names, which paid tribute to the native plants and animals of the American prairie and reflect the black-footed ferret's significance as a distinctly North American species. Voting took place July 20-25, 2021.
The results of this poll are not available.