RACINE — The Racine Zoological Society is holding a naming contest for three baby mini pigs expected to arrive at the zoo in early May. The mini pigs will be featured along with Nigerian dwarf goats, Tunis sheep, alpacas, llamas and other species from around the world in the new interactive Barnyard Safari exhibit opening Memorial Day weekend.
People can submit names through May 8 to the Racine Zoo Facebook page (facebook/racinezoo) or through The Journal Times online contest page (journaltimes.com/pigs). One submission per person is allowed. Zoo staff will narrow entries down to five finalists. Public voting for finalists will be May 15-26. The winning names will be announced on June 1 on “Racine & Me” airing on WBME CBS 58 and in The Journal Times.
The winner receives a special zoo prize package worth $250 that includes three plush pigs, a one-year family membership, special animal encounter and “oinking” rights, of course.
The mini pig is a small, colorfully spotted pig. They are small in size, typically between 20 to 40 pounds. Weight will vary depending on bone structure, health and length of the pig. Height ranges from 10 to 16 inches and length from chest to base of tail is 12 to 26 inches.