N.C. Zoo holds naming contest for lion cubs
You've seen the adorable pictures. Now you can have a chance at naming the four lion cubs - two females and two males - that were born to mom Mekita at the N.C. Zoo this summer.Posted — Updated
The four cubs went on exhibit last week. Because of the zoo's conservation projects aimed at saving lions in the wild, people are asked to submit names that have an educational value, according to a press release.
“All the world’s big cats are highly endangered. We need to take action now to save them,” said Dr. David Jones, the zoo’s director, in the release. “Through our conservation efforts the zoo is constantly helping to save many endangered species and bringing awareness to the dangers they encounter.”
Among the zoo's lion conservation projects is a partnership with the Ruaha Carnivore Project in Tanzania. The group monitors the lion and other carnivore populations in the Ruaha National Park. The zoo has provided mobile devices that helps make computer data entry and analysis faster and more effective, according to the release. The zoo also is working with Panthera, which protects lions and other carnivores in Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The lion cubs will likely eventually go to other zoos, but they should be here for at least another year, Gavin Johnson of the N.C. Zoo tells me.
Here's some video of the cubs with their mom. The zoo is in Asheboro about 90 minutes from Raleigh.
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