AKRON, Ohio – More than 1,400 names were submitted for the Akron Zoo’s name the octopus contest last month. The zoo has narrowed the entries down to three and they will be placed into the octopus tank for her to select her own name on Thursday, October, 10, 2013 at 9:30 a.m.
The final three names are Jet, Nani and Ollie. Ollie was selected because it was one of the top vote getters in the contest. Jet was picked due to the way octopus move via jet propulsion and Nani means “beautiful” in Hawaiian. These three names will be placed into the octopus’s exhibit on plastic pumpkins and whichever one she touches first with one of her eight arms will be her name. The person who submitted the winning name will receive an octopus prize pack and a behind-the-scenes tour of the exhibit, Journey to the Reef. If more than one person submitted the winning name then everyone who submitted that name will be placed into a random drawing for the prize.
The nameless octopus weighs about 8 pounds and is about four foot long from the top of her head to the end of her arms.
The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. The Akron Zoo hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and admission is $10 for adults, $8.50 for senior citizens, $7 for children (ages 2-14). Children under two are free and parking is $2. For more information visit www.akronzoo.org or call (330) 375-2550.
Founded in 1953, the Akron Zoo is a non-profit, world conservation Zoo with over 700 animals from around the world. Located just west of Downtown Akron, the Zoo strives to provide a dynamic, financially responsible, guest centered animal experience that is energized by innovation and fun. The Akron Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.