Zoo calls for names for tiger cubs
By MICHAEL FIELD – Fairfax Media Monday, 28 July 2008
Three Sumatran tiger cubs born in the Auckland Zoo are to be named following an online competition.
In a statement the zoo said an online competition will until August 29, when zookeepers will select the best three names for each cub, which will then be put to an online vote.
The winning names will be announced during Conservation Week in September.
The zoo is also asking for a $10 donation for each entry, to help support the cubs’ cousins in the wild.
“With less than 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild, and the threat of extinction a very real possibility, every name submitted will contribute towards the zoo’s tiger conservation efforts,” says Auckland Zoo carnivore team leader, Andrew Coers.
“At six weeks old, the cubs are continuing to do well and Molek appears to be a natural mum, but now we really need some names for them.
“We are looking for names with meaning that are easy to pronounce, and we’re especially keen on names that come from a region of importance to the cubs or their species.
“The cubs will have their first vet check and vaccination in mid August, and at this time we’ll be able to confirm the sex of the cubs – so until then, we suggest people enter unisex names.”
See www.aucklandzoo.co.nz/tigers for more information on the competition.