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Woodland Park Zoo has selected names for two of its lion cubs after its Name theCub contest. More than 2,000 Washington residents submitted entries from the Zulu and Sotho languages native to a part of the lions South African origin.

The zoo s management staff, which asked for names , chose the names Rudo ( love in Zulu, pronounced roo-doh) and Busela ( happy and independent in Zulu, pronounced boo-sayla) for the male and female cubs, respectively.

The winning names were submitted by Tate and Ross MacDonald of Seattle and Pamela Garland of Olympia.

As contest winners, they will take home a grand prize package, including a private viewing for five at the lion exhibit with a keeper, one-year Woodland Park Zoo family membership and a $100 gift card to Play It Again Sports.

The cubs siblings, another male-female pair, Pelo ( heart in Sotho, pronounced pee-lo) and Nobuhle ( the beautiful one in Zulu, pronounced no-boo-sche), were named internally and also announced this week.

All four young cubs, which debuted with their mother, Adia, on Feb. 16, can be viewed between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily, weather permitting, in the lion shelter located in the African Savanna.
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