Zoo Tiger Cubs Get Names
January 01, 2014
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.
(January 1, 2014) – The Little Rock Zoo is celebrating New Year’s Day with the
announcement of the names of its four tiger cubs.
The Zoo asked members of the public to submit names for one
of the male cubs last week. Tiger
keepers sifted through nearly 500 entries and decided to name two male cubs
from the submitted names instead of just one.
Name entries had to be of Southeast Asian origin. Two of the names submitted were favored by
keepers and used to name two male tigers.
Keeper staff had already named the other male and one female cub.
The names are as follows:
Male Tiger 1: Liem (l EE m) – a name of Vietnamese origin
meaning “sincere, honest, or genuine.”
This name was submitted by two individuals: Ashley Scott of Ward, AR and Carmen Hetzel of
Male Tiger 2: Eko (EH K oh) – a name of Indonesian origin
meaning “first child.” This name was selected since this is the first litter of
cubs born to Suhana and Liku. This name
was submitted by Shannon Ray of Van Buren, AR.
Male Tiger 3: Olan (OH l AW n) - a name of Thai origin
meaning “great.” This name was selected by the Zoo’s tiger keepers.
Female Tiger: Asmara (As MAR uh) – a name of Indonesian
origin meaning “love.” This name was selected by the Zoo’s tiger keepers.
The three individuals who submitted names that were selected
for the tiger cubs will each be given two tickets to a special event in March
with the tiger keepers and a name will be selected from the three to receive a
free family membership to the Little Rock Zoo.
The tiger cubs will be on exhibit in the early spring.
Three males and one female cub were born November 12, 2013
to Malayan tigers Liku and Suhana. All four cubs are growing strong. The birth of the cubs puts the total number
of Malayan tigers in a zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums
at 56. Malayan tigers are some of the
most endangered big cats in the world with less than 500 left in the wild. The birth of the tiger cubs at the Little
Rock Zoo happened as a result of a recommendation of the AZA Species Survival
Plan for the Malayan tiger.
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