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Help Audubon Zoo Name New Lion Cubs

April 1, 2020

Ever wanted to name a lion cub? Animal care staff at Audubon Zoo have narrowed their selection of names for the Zoo’s two new cubs down to their top three favorites and are asking for the public’s help. 

You can vote for your favorite beginning today, April 1, and ending on April 8 at 5 pm. 

“The lion cubs belong to everyone in New Orleans. What better way to celebrate that than by asking our community to help choose their names, and make them a part of their lives forever,” says Curator of Large Mammals Joe Forys.

Supporters are asked to choose between three names, the top two will be selected. All the names chosen were chosen by animal care staff and have a unique and special meaning.

Haji, pronounced “Haa-jee” is Swahili for “journey,” and represents the time Audubon and New Orleans waited for the Roar to Return to the Zoo and how exciting we are not only to have a pride, but also to welcome the new cubs.

Radi, pronounced “Rah-dee,” is Swahili for “thunder,” and represents the stormy New Orleans morning the cubs were born.

Asani, pronounced “Ah-sah-nee,” is Swahili for “rebellious,” and represents the personality of the more strong-willed of the two cubs, who will be given this name if chosen.

The two male cubs were born January 11. The cubs’ birth is important for the Lion Species Survival Plan, which ensures healthy, genetically diverse populations of lions within the Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited institutions. Half of Africa’s lions have disappeared in the past 25 years, and the species faces growing threats from poaching, loss of prey, and habitat destruction.

While Audubon facilities are closed, help support the dedicated staff who continue to provide outstanding care for the animals and the parks loved by the New Orleans community by donating to Audubon’s recovery efforts.

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