John Ball Zoo taps community for toucan names

Grand Rapids
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — John Ball Zoo is asking for the community’s help in naming its newest colorful additions.

A pair of toco toucans is now in their newly constructed habitat in the South America area of the Grand Rapids zoo. 

John Ball Zoo says these toucans stand out because their brightly-colored beaks are the biggest in proportion to body size among all birds. These conspicuous beaks help regulate the birds’ temperature in hot and cold weather.

Measuring 2 feet long, toco toucans are the largest of their species. The zoo says these social birds use “bill-clacking” to communicate.

The male and female birds came to Grand Rapids from the San Diego Zoo. John Ball Zoo staff have narrowed down name suggestions from the community to four combinations. You can vote for your favorite online.

John Ball Zoo says it’s too early to determine if the toucans will have chicks because they have not reached maturity. The zoo says they will not potentially mate until they reach that milestone, which is at least two years away.



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