Red wolf named at Zoo

KNOXVILLE, TN – Zoo Knoxville’s wildly popular red wolf pup now officially has a name, according to Tina Rolen, Director of Communications for Zoo Knoxville. Waya, (pronounced WAH-hyuh), is the Cherokee word for “wolf” and received the most votes after the zoo asked the community to help name him.


“The feisty male, born at the zoo on April 30, 2016 to parents Sunny and Saaron, now weighs more than 8 pounds and is playfully exploring his habitat daily,” Rolen said. “The first red wolf born at Zoo Knoxville in 23 years, he immediately became a favorite animal with devoted followers on the zoo’s social media as well as with zoo visitors.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: Marvel Comics favorites Spider-Man and Captain America are coming to Zoo Knoxville for a special appearance at Superhero Saturday presented by Advance Financial Foundation this Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Kids ages 12 and under who come dressed as their favorite superhero get free admission with a paid adult admission.