You voted and the results are in! The name of one of the two female Siamese crocodiles in the Virginia Zoo’s World of Reptiles Exhibit has just been announced.
Makara, one of the 19 names submitted, received the highest number of votes during the zoo’s fundraising contest to pick the crocodile’s name, which ended on Oct. 31.
The name comes for Hindu religious myths, where Makara, a water monster, is typically depicted as having the body of a crocodile and head of an antelope. Depictions of Makara are often seen in entryways to temples and throne rooms, as it is typically considered a guardian or gateway, existing as a steed for several river and sea gods.
Other top names submitted included Snappy, Tick Tock, Crocky and No No. The name was announced in a Facebook live posted by the Virginia Zoo.
The naming contest gave any member of the community the opportunity to submit a name for the crocodile, as long as they also submitted a $1 donation to the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust of Cambodia through the Virginia Zoo.
Founded in 1976, the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust works on a cause that is close to the Virginia Zoo’s heart. Promoting the conservation of reptiles and amphibians through education, research and captive breeding, they have played a key role in the continuation of species like the Siamese crocodiles. They plan to work with the Virginia Zoo to bring a male crocodile to the United States to continue these conservation efforts. They will continue to take donations to the Trust until Friday, Nov. 2.
The Zoo obtained the two crocodiles back in July from the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. The other crocodile was named Shadie at their annual Zoo to Do event. Both Makara and Shadie are available to see at the Virginia Zoo from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. everyday.