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.
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 email@example.com.
2. Post your photo and name suggestion to our FB page at www.facebook.com/memphisbotanicgarden. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
For updates and more!
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We are located at:
750 Cherry Road
Memphis, TN 38117
(Between Park & Southern)