N.C. Zoo holds contest to name lion cubs

By: Associated Press
4/10/2007 10:31 AM

ASHEBORO, N.C. — They have a home, but the three lion cubs at the North Carolina Zoo don’t have a name. So, zoo officials are holding a contest to give kids a chance to come up with names for the cubs.

Participants must be age 18 or younger and should submit two female names and one male name, along with a brief explanation for their choices. The entries should show creativity and originality and reflect the zoo’s mission of animal conservation and welfare.

A panel of zoo staff, keepers and volunteers will determine five finalists, and from those five, online voting at the zoo’s Web site will determine the final winner. The winning three names will be announced online at the zoo’s Web site on Friday, May 11th.

The winner gets a plaque at the zoo’s lion exhibit, a Zoo Society family plus membership, an NC Zoo gift basket, a lion-cub adoption package from the Zoo Society and a behind-the-scenes zoo tour.

The three cubs were born in October.

To submit the lion cub names in the contest, visit NCZoo.org.

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