UTICA, N.Y. – The Utica Zoo welcomed two new red panda cubs in July, and is now looking for the public’s help to name them.
The naming contest is now open and there are three sets of names to choose from, including Kai and Lienna; Yingtao and Xiao Mei; and Xiabo and Mei Lin.
“The cubs have been stars since they were born so we wanted to have the community be involved in naming them,” said Mark Simon, marketing coordinator at the Utica Zoo. “Our keepers did a ton of research into Chinese names and found some really beautiful names that correspond nicely with their ‘animal personalities’ so we are excited to offer these name options to the public. Plus, it is a great way to help support the animals and our mission here at the Zoo. Red Pandas are endangered animals and with the support of our community, we can help in the fight against extinction.”
A donation needs to be made to be eligible to vote, and $1 equals one vote. Simon says all proceeds from the naming contest will be used to care for the red pandas, including food, veterinary care and exhibit upgrades.
To cast a vote, visit: www.uticazoo.org.
The voting window will be open for two weeks and the winning names will be announced on Nov. 20.