Apple Valley, MINN – July 25, 2017 – The Minnesota Zoo’s newest female Amur tiger cub is now three months old and in need of a name.The public will be able to submit name suggestions via an online form, the cub’s zookeepers will narrow down the name submissions to their top three and those entries will be shared with the general public for a final vote.
July 25 – August 6: Online name submissions accepted at www.mnzoo.org/tigernamingcontest
August 7-9: Minnesota Zoo zookeepers will review name submissions and select the top three
August 10-16: General public will vote for their favorite name
August 17: The female tiger cub’s name will be revealed to the public
The female cub, born on April 26 earlier this year, is currently being cared for behind the scenes by the Zoo’s dedicated animal care staff with her mother, Sundari. Guests from around the world have been able to watch her grow up with a special Tiger Cub Webcam, sponsored by Cub. Her zookeepers say she has a curious and spunky personality.
“Our newest cub has definitely been a handful from day one. She reminds me so much of her mother, Sundari, when she was a cub with her spunky personality,” says Diana Weinhardt, Curator for the Northern Trail. “It’s been really fun for my team to watch her grow and bond with her mom these past few months. She definitely has a lot of energy and Sundari is a very patient mother.”
The last tiger birth at the Minnesota Zoo occurred in 2012, when Sundari was born to female Angara - who is currently located at Como Zoo in St. Paul. Since its opening in 1978, the Minnesota Zoo has welcomed more than 40 Amur tiger cubs. Amur tigers can been seen along the Minnesota Zoo’s Northern Trail.
The Minnesota Zoo is a year-round destination located in Apple Valley, just minutes south of Mall of America. The Zoo’s mission is to connect people, animals and the natural world to save wildlife. For more information, call 952.431.9500 or visit mnzoo.org. The Minnesota Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and an institutional member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA).