x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Zoo holds contest for lion cub names

Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort holds competition to name cubs, a male and female, that were born in October.

Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort has launched a naming contest for two African lion cubs. The cubs were born in October at the park. The siblings, a male and a female, are on exhibit in the cat house.
Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort has launched a naming contest for two African lion cubs. The cubs were born in October at the park. The siblings, a male and a female, are on exhibit in the cat house.

AL AIN // Two newborn African lion cubs have everything they need, except a name.

That is about to change, however, with the launch of a competition designed to draw attention to the male and female siblings, each weighing in at 1.6 kg at birth.

"Tawny lions are rapidly decreasing in number over the last two decades, mainly due to habitat loss, and activities such as the naming contest are a creative and entertaining way to raise awareness for the much-needed preservation of this threatened species," said Farshid Mehrdadfar, manager of the Animal Collection department at the Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort. The cubs were born there in October.

"I am confident they will be awarded special names that suitably commemorate and celebrate their births," Mr Mehrdadfar said.

The park has invited visitors to stop by the African lion display where the cubs can be viewed, together with their mother and siblings, and two other lions.

Visitors can submit their name suggestions via entry forms, available at the ticket window and guest information kiosk.

A jury of staff from the park's various departments will review all suggestions and select the best name. The competition ends on February 28, with the winners being announced in March.

During a similar competition last year to name a Nubian giraffe, the park chose "Hafeet", after the UAE's highest mountain nearby.

Although the park has not yet announced a prize, last year the winner was allowed to feed the baby giraffe, and got a six-person free pass to the park for a day. The park is open every day from 9am to 8pm, except on Fridays, when it is open from 10am to 10pm.

 

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