Date: 02 May 2018
We recently announced the birth of two capybaras and need YOUR help naming the new arrivals!
Submit your suggestions to be in with the chance of winning a family membership for the zoo!*
The pair were born on 2 April 2018. Keepers are allowing the babies and mother time to bond and they have therefore not yet been sexed. Names should therefore be gender neutral.
Capybaras are the largest rodent in the world and closely resemble giant guinea pigs. The scientific name for this species (hydrochaeris) is Greek for ‘water hog’ and this refers to the fact that the capybara is a semi-aquatic mammal. The capybara is found on Central and South American riverbanks, beside ponds and in marshes. When the capybara swims, its eyes, ears and nostrils are positioned above the water to help with vision and breathing. In fact, this unusual animal has webbed feet and can even hold its breath for up to five minutes underwater!
Zoo manager, Alyn Cairns, said “We are delighted with the arrival of our happy little ‘capys’ and we want the public to help us name the pair! If your name is chosen, you will win a family membership for Belfast Zoo and you will also have the honour of picking the winning names which will remain with the capybaras for their entire lives.”
Belfast Zoo is open daily from 10am, last admission is 5pm and the zoo closes at 6pm.
Call by this weekend to say ‘hola’ to the latest arrivals. Waddle over to visit the penguins and all of your favourite animals at feeding time. Find out more about the work we do at the keeper talks. Pose for a zoovenir snap at the photography base camp or explore the Adventurers’ Learning Centre!
Name our capybaras
This competition is now closed.
The names that were chosen are Tula and Cuzco, both names highlight their South American heritage. Tula was a city during the Incan empire and Cuzco was the capitol of the Aztec empire
Thank you to all our entries.
*Terms and conditions
Terms and conditions of the Capybara naming competition. (PDF - 497KB)