Nestor, one of the Mexican gray wolf puppies born at Brookfield Zoo earlier this year (Photo by Jim Schulz/Chicago Zoological Society)

Over the past two weeks, nearly 30,000 votes were cast by the public to determine the names of Brookfield Zoo’s now 10-week-old puppies.

The names that received the most votes for two of the male puppies are Inigo, a Spanish name meaning “fiery,” and Aldo, after conservationist and environmentalist Aldo Leopold. The name that received the most votes for the female puppy is Magdalena, which is a village in New Mexico. The remaining male puppy had previously been named Nestor by staff in memory of Ernesta, a female wolf who lived at Brookfield Zoo from 2010 to 2012 and was then released to the wild in New Mexico as part of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s recovery program for this species.

The puppies are fully weaned and are now on a solid food diet. They continue to grow and are very playful as they continue to explore their habitat at the zoo’s Regenstein Wolf Woods. They will likely remain at Brookfield Zoo through the next breeding season in the hopes their parents, Zana and Flint, will have another litter. This would provide the young wolves the opportunity to help raise the second litter and learn good parenting skills.

Submitted by Brookfield Zoo.