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Monday, January 12, 2015 - Contact: 225-273-6439

Public Chooses Final Names for the Zoo’s Tiger Cubs

Cubs to be Called Kayu Merah and Hadiah


EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH-  After weeks of voting, the public has chosen the final names for BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo's two female Malayan tiger cubs. Their new monikers will be Kayu Merah, meaning "red stick" in Malay, and Hadiah, meaning "gift" in Malay.   


"When all was said and done, we had more than 1,100 official votes cast on our website for the cubs names," said Phil Frost, Zoo Director. "We're very appreciative for the public's help and are happy that we can now properly introduce the cubs to our guests and supporters."


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 included:

  • ​Darma (meaning "duty" in Malay)
  • Hadiah (meaning "gift" in Malay)
  • Berani (meaning "brave" in Malay)
  • Kayu Merah (meaning "red stick" in Malay)


The public was then asked to cast their votes for their favorite two names on the Zoo's website before the end of the day on January 9. In final tallies, Kayu Merah received 40 percent of the vote and Hadiah received 28 percent of the vote.  

The persons 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 winners include Greta Massey, Elizabeth Murphey, Sarah Hulse, Rebecca Kelly, Kerry Cahill and Veronica Kimbrell. 

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.


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