The Akron Zoo is asking for the public's help in selecting names for both new coyotes.

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AKRON -- The final component of the Akron Zoo's new Grizzly Ridge exhibit is in place with the addition of two coyotes.

The coyotes -- one male and one female -- are siblings. Both were born on April 13 at a USDA facility in Logan, Utah.

Since arriving in Akron during the summer, both coyotes were in quarantine in the zoo's Center for Animal Care.

Recently, they were moved into their exhibit to get accustomed to their surroundings before being placed on view to the public.

Their home is right next to the red wolf exhibit, which gives the Akron Zoo an opportunity to showcase the differences and similarities between them.

As has become tradition at the Akron Zoo, a contest will be held from now until Monday, Dec. 2 in which the public will get to help select names for each coyote.

The name options, all of which have Native American origins, are as follows:

MALE

  • Dasan, which means "chief"

  • Shilah, which means "brother

FEMALE

  • Adany, which means "timber" or "woods"

  • Kaliska, which means "coyote chasing deer"

The male and female name with the most votes will ultimately be selected.

To vote, go to www.AkronZoo.org.

Coyotes are a species of canid that can be found anywhere in North and Central America. They are grayish brown to yellowish in color. Their belly and throat are mostly white. They are very adaptable to many different habitats as they live in deserts, prairies, savannas, tropical forests, tundra, grasslands and urban areas.

Their diet consists primarily of rabbits, rodents, insects and other small prey. The average weight of a coyote is 25-40 lbs. Coyotes are one of the few animals that have increased their range in spite of human encroachment.

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