You’ve cast your votes, now meet the goats! The Oklahoma City Zoo recently welcomed six nine-month-old, female dwarf Nigerian pygmy goats to its barnyard habitat located in the Children’s Zoo and asked for the public’s help picking names for the new arrivals. In keeping with tradition, the Zoo proposed 10 names of Oklahoma towns and asked voters to help winnow the field to the top six. Over the week-long “Goat Vote” contest, almost 4,500 votes were cast. Here are the winning names and number of votes each received:
Sayre – 886
Ada – 683
Idabel – 593
Ripley – 434
Checotah – 427
Prue – 350
In addition to the new goats, the Zoo’s barnyard habitat is home to three male dwarf Nigerian goats–Duncan, Hugo and Oologah–named for Oklahoma cities and towns through a previous public vote. Guests can meet and interact with all the Zoo’s goats when they visit the barnyard habitat, open daily 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“Anytime we can engage the community when introducing our animals, it’s exciting,” said Eddie Witte, animal curator. “I hope everyone who voted comes to the OKC Zoo and meets the goat named for their community.”
The four names also considered but not selected by voters were Claremore, Enid, Harrah and Vinita.