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First Family to Hold Contest to Name Wallaby

Lincoln – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts and the First Family announced that they will hold a naming contest for a young wallaby in partnership with the Lincoln Children’s Zoo.

As a part of this contest, Nebraskans are encouraged to suggest a name for the young tammar wallaby (photo attached) to be named by the First Family this summer. Tammar wallabies are native to South Australia. This wallaby is one of 11 living at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo.

“While our family may never have a wallaby as a pet at home, we are really excited about having the opportunity to name one,” said Margot Ricketts, daughter of Governor Pete Ricketts and First Lady Susanne Shore.

“This is a great opportunity to highlight the role zoos play in bringing together, entertaining, and educating Nebraska families,” said First Lady Susanne Shore. “Our family encourages Nebraskans to consider visiting a zoo this summer as a way to spend time together.”

“Nebraska’s high quality zoos are an important part of the quality of life our families expect and provide an excellent destination for tourists in our state,” said Governor Pete Ricketts.

Submissions can be made by emailing or by writing to the Governor’s Office at 1445 K Street, Lincoln, NE 68509.

The final day to make your suggestion to name the wallaby is July 31, 2015. The name selected for the wallaby by the First Family will be announced at a news conference at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo in Lincoln. Details to follow.