DRAPER — Loveland Living Planet Aquarium’s toucan chick has been christened Amor, which means love in Spanish.
The name was chosen from among five submitted by the public in a naming contest sponsored by Harmons. The other possible names were Rio (river in Spanish), Milagro (miracle in Spanish), Azul and Amarillo (blue and yellow in Spanish, respectively). The winner of the contest will receive a $200 gift card from the grocery chain.
Amor garnered the most votes with Rio coming in second place.
The Keel-billed toucan, which hatched on June 17 and fledged on July 31, has already grown to full size. However, the toucan’s gender isn’t known at this time, so the aquarium was looking for a name that would work for either a boy or a girl.
The aquarium expanded its aviary three years ago to create the best breeding conditions possible for the threatened species. On average, about six Keel-billed toucan chicks are born each year at Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited facilities nationwide.
The aquarium’s Keel-billed toucans are part of a Species Survival Plan administered by Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The goal is to oversee sustainable breeding programs within accredited zoos and aquariums, and to enhance conservation of the species in the wild.