I had another post in queue, but someone just posted this on Facebook and their comment prompted me to write this post now. The person who posted this is not a Zoo Visitor, but knows that the Zoo did name one of its Animals (one that already had a Name) after former San Francisco Giants Ballplayer Brian Wilson. I don't follow sports and didn't even know he wasn't with the Giants anymore.
"I think the Zoo should rename the animal that was named after him"! This is a good reason ANIMALS at the ZOO should not be named after celebrities!!!!"
All I have to say is A-Friggin'-MEN!
Everyone knows my opinion on the Zoo's naming processes, if not you can search this blog for references. That said, in regard to this particular naming travesty, at Eight years old, Tucker the Hippo came to the Zoo with a name he had his whole life. Then at Zoofest, the Zoo auctioned off his name and Board Member Mark Roberts decided to name him after the Giants Ballplayer. Not just Brian, not just Wilson, but the whole stupid thing. FAIL!
I not only hate the name change game the Zoo plays, but really take issue with the Ballplayer Names. In my opinion the Zoo allows this and does it themselves because they know they will get Media attention from it, since SF has been on a winning streak with Sports Teams. It makes me feel like they are raping Animals of given Names just to pimp them out. If an Animal is without a Name, as in a newborn, and its appropriate, I may not have a problem with a Celebrity Name, but the keyword is appropriate! Not like the gal who wanted to name the Female Penguin Chick after Male Comedian Russell Brand.
This all said, the problem is that Celebrities are Human, and in my opinion, should not be put on pedestals, as they fall off, just like anyone else. I'm not a fan of Humans at all, but regardless of my bias about that, this is a proven fact. Unless they are going to be named after Humans who have proven to have done great things in their lives, especially for Animals, then it just shouldn't be done. I don't see an Animal named after Leonardo DiCaprio who has done alot for Animals. Yea, that's what I'll be looking forward to, an Animal (that's born there) being named Leo or DiCaprio.
In the case of Brian Wilson the Human, this guy has never even acknowledged that poor Tucker now bears his name. I even read once that he was at an event across the street from the Zoo and didn't bother to even visit Tucker. This is clearly not even a guy who likes Animals.
The Zoo named its newborn Female Francois Langur (Monkey) after another Giants Player, Sergio Romo. He at least came to the Zoo, BUT he was also quoted allegedly saying the Langurs weren't his favorites! What an Ass!
So, YES as the Facebook poster suggested, that awful moniker BW should be removed from our precious Tucker and he should be allowed to keep his given Name.
Zoo seems to really be blowing smoke up 49er Alex Boone's bum, so I think poor Rhino Belozi will never get his Name back.