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Baton Rouge Zoo Looks for Help in Naming Tiger Cubs

Four Final Names Have Been Selected For Public Vote

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo is asking the public to assist in the final stage of naming its two female Malayan tiger cubs, now 5 months old. Voting will take place between now and January 9 at 5 p.m. on the Zoo’s website.

“We had hundreds of official entries submitted to the Zoo’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages,” said Phil Frost, Zoo Director. “It’s fantastic to see this level of excitement about our cubs from the community and we hope our cubs will each get great names to start off the new year.”

After the public entered their nominations for names in late November, the Zoo allowed the animal staff to select their top four for final consideration. The remaining possible names for the sisters include: Darma (meaning “duty” in Malay) Hadiah (meaning “gift” in Malay) Berani (meaning “brave” in Malay) Kayu Merah (meaning “red stick” in Malay)

The two names with the most votes at the end of the voting period will be given to the cubs. Those interested in voting can do so by visiting www.brzoo.org/namingcontest or by mailing their vote to 3601 Thomas Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70807. Mailed votes should be sent with attention to Friends of the Baton Rouge Zoo. No votes made after 5 p.m. on January 9 will be considered.

The person(s) who submitted the two winning names will be awarded a complimentary Gold level adoption of the tiger cubs through the Zoo’s Adopt an Animal program and a Household membership to the Zoo.

The cubs were born to the Zoo’s female Malayan tiger, which came to the Zoo in 2009 from the Fort Worth Zoo, and the Zoo’s male Malayan tiger, which arrived from the Little Rock Zoo in 2012. The two cubs represent the fifth and sixth Malayan tiger cubs born in the U.S. this year.

The Malayan subspecies was first recognized in 2004. With an estimated 500 or fewer existing in the wild, they are currently identified as Endangered with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) have recognized this critical problem and have pooled resources to help maintain a sustainable, genetically diverse tiger population for their wild counterparts through the Species Survival Plan (SSP). There are currently 104 institutions involved in this effort with 49 focused on Amur tigers, 28 on Sumatran tigers and 27 on Malayan tigers. Of those institutions, six successfully bred tigers in 2014 for a total of 19 cub births.

For more information about visiting hours at the Zoo, please visit www.brzoo.org.

 

About BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo is a place where people connect with animals, including tigers, giraffes, rhinos and alligators. The world-class Realm of the Tiger, Flamingo Cove, Giants of the Islands, Safari Playground, L'aquarium de Louisiane, Parrot Paradise and KidsZoo exhibits offer fun and education for all ages. The Baton Rouge Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), a distinction reserved for only the top 10% of zoos in the nation. For more information, please visit www.brzoo.org.

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