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Name the cubs at Woodland Park Zoo

Name the cubs at Woodland Park Zoo

Credit: Ryan Hawk / Woodland Park Zoo

by SUSAN WYATT / The Pet Dish


Posted on February 19, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 19 at 4:57 PM

Woodland Park Zoo is giving Washington state residents the chance to name two of the four new lion cubs.

You can submit names through a contest running February 21-March 15 at  (The other two cubs will be named internally.)
The zoo is in search of Zulu or Sotho (pronounced so-toe or sue-too) names for one male cub and one female cub, in honor of a part of the Krugeri lion’s native South African range.

Here's how to submit your names:
1. Research words or names in the African languages of Zulu or Sotho. Select two names, one for him and one for her.

2. Visit to submit your entry. Or, pick up a ballot at the zoo and mail to Woodland Park Zoo, ATTN: Name the Cubs, 601 N. 59th Street, Seattle, WA 98103.
The four lion cubs debuted with mother, Adia, on Feb. 16. Zoo visitors can meet the cubs between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily, weather permitting, in the lion shelter located in the African Savanna.
The contest opens Thursday, Feb. 21 at 9 a.m. and closes Friday, March 15 at 5 p.m. A judging panel of zoo staff will select the cubs’ names from all eligible entries.

The zoo’s two grand prize packages feature:

  • A private viewing for five at the lion exhibit with a keeper
  • One-year annual Woodland Park Zoo family membership
  • A ZooParent lion cub adoption
  • A framed photograph of the newly-named lion cub
  • A $100 gift card to Play It Again Sports, Seattle

You can spread the word online to #namethecubs