Abilene Zoo names new anteater ‘Beni’

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ABILENE, Texas (PRESS RELEASE) – The Abilene Zoo is proud to announce “Beni” as the name selected by the public for the new giant anteater. A Portuguese name meaning “boy with lots of hair” won with 54% of the nearly one thousand votes cast online and in the zoo store.

The lucky winner whose name was drawn from 475 votes is Wyatt Cogburn, age five, who is starting his first year of Kindergarten this fall. Wyatt and his family will receive a one-year general zoo membership, VIP Tour of the giant anteater facility along with a $25 gift card to the Abilene Zoo Store.

A special story of their behind the scenes tour will be featured in the Fall issue of Zoo News. “One perk of being a member of the Abilene Zoo is a quarterly magazine, Zoo News,” said Volunteer & Membership Coordinator Robbie Burleson. “It’s full of behind the scene stories, articles from the staff and information on events.” For more information on becoming a member of the Abilene Zoo visit www.abilenezoo.org.

“On Wednesday, August 8, at 11 am we will have an Anteater Keeper Chat. The public is invited to come out and learn facts on this species and what it takes to be a zookeeper,” stated Denise Ibarra, General Curator. Keeper Chats on various animals throughout the zoo will continue daily August through Labor Day at 11 am and 2 pm and are included with the cost of admission. Venture out and meet Beni, the newest nose at the Abilene Zoo.

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