Wolf naming contest results

After missing the howl from Colorado’s landscape for almost 80 years, in celebration of their homecoming, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center is excited to announce the results for the names of the first 5 gray wolves released in December 2023. Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Divide, Colorado, organized a wolf naming contest beginning on November 27th, 2023. An invitation to participate was extended to every public middle school in Colorado encompassing approximately 200,000 5th to 8th grade students. Homeschooled children of qualifying grades were also eligible. A total of 67 schools participated, and thousands of students submitted their votes from all corners of the state. The names for the wolves were selected based on their popularity using two survey mediums – Mentimeter and Google forms. The chosen names can be seen in the release video located here and on Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center’s Facebook page, and are as follows: 

  1. RIVER (Signifying peace and growth) – light gray male 
  2. ASPEN (Native to Colorado. Meaning “shield” and “magical powers”) – darker gray female 
  3. MAVERICK (Independent, rebel) – gray female 
  4. GHOST (Spirit of the forest) – black female 
  5. SHADOW (Elusive, secretive) – black male

For future updates on the released wolves, stay connected by visiting wolfeducation.org.