Ventura County schoolchildren are invited to enter a Times contest to name a baby camel at America's Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College.
Born March 7, the baby already weighs 88 pounds and stands about 4 1/2 feet at the shoulder. He has cream-colored curly hair, dark eyes and long legs.
The contest is sponsored by the zoo and the Ventura County Edition of The Times. Contestants are asked to submit a suggested name, a reason for the name in 25 words or less, and a drawing of the camel.
Any elementary school student who lives or attends school in the county is eligible.
Although students must enter individually, teachers are encouraged to make the contest a class project.
The Times will give $500 in the winner's name--to be commemorated on a plaque at the zoo--to support camels at the college. The winner will also receive a zoo T-shirt and free family admission to the zoo.
Students entering the contest to name the baby camel must include their name, age, school and teacher's name. Entries will not be returned and may be published by The Times or used for promotional purposes.
Entries must be submitted to The Times, 93 S. Chestnut St., Ventura, CA 93001, by April 19.
The winner will be announced in the newspaper April 26.