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Name that Swan! (and win a prize!)

 If you've been out to the Japanese Garden over the past few months, you have probably noticed a new member of our wildlife family. Tennessee Safari Park offered a male Mute Swan (they're not really "mute" but more on that later) as a partner for our female swan Ziggy.

  Our new male swan was introduced to the Japanese Garden in spring 2015, and has been making himself at home as the seasons change. It appears that he and Ziggy have hit it off, so he'll be a long-term member of our family. That means he needs a name, and we want your help!

Now through January 31st, submit an original snapshot of either of our swans, along with your suggestion of names, and you could win a $50 certificate for a special event at the Garden! There are 3 ways to submit your photo and suggested name:

1. Email
2. Post your photo and name suggestion to our FB page at Include #namethatswan in your post, so we are sure to find it!
3. Post your photo and name suggestion to Instagram or Twitter @memphisbotanic, including #namethatswan.

You may suggest more than one name, but with each submission, please include a photo and an email address so that we can contact you, if you win.

And what, you may ask, is the prize? Well, aside from bragging rights, and being on a first-name basis with the new fellow, you'll win a certificate good for admission to one of our special family events throughout the year. Value is up to $50, and can only be used towards one event, but you may apply it to more than one ticket to the event that you choose. Questions? Shoot us an email at and we'll do our best to explain.


Now, enough of all that technical talk...let's speak swan!

Both of the Garden's resident swans are of the species commonly referred to as Mute Swans. The male is a "Royal Mute," being from the geographical race that is found primarily in the British Isles. The female is a “Polish Mute,” being from the geographical race found in the area of the Baltic Sea. Despite the regal name and difference in geographical origins, they are technically the same species and interbreed freely in the wild, where their ranges overlap. We're thinking there will be some "overlapping" here, and we may be having a "name the cygnet" contest in the spring!

Stay tuned for interesting swan facts and history throughout the month of January. You can find us on FB, Twitter, Instagram, or via our website, and we look forward to seeing your swan shots and the names you have picked out for our new boy. Until then, have a Happy New Year...see you in 2016! 


Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at 6:00 AM


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