Nashville Zoo Invites The Public To Help Name Red Panda Cubs
Nashville Zoo invites the public to help name our two new female red panda cubs by making donations on the Zoo’s website. The contest began Sept. 16, on International Red Panda Day, and will end on Sept. 30. The pair of names with the most conservation donations will be selected for the cubs.
There are three pairs of names the public will be able to vote on:
Option 1 - Kiaria & Misa
Option 2 - Rumi & Suri
Option 3 - Limbu & Narra
The cubs were born on June 16. They will remain in their nest box with mom Mei Mei and won't start venturing outdoors until they are more mobile and developed, which is typically around four months old. The winning names will be announced when the cubs make their exhibit debut which is expected sometime in October.
The Zoo held a similar naming contest in the fall of 2014, where the public helped us name our previous red panda cub, Phayara. That contest yielded $1,048.16 for the Red Panda Network.
All donations during this contest will go to the Red Panda Network, https://redpandanetwork.org/. Red Panda Network (RPN) protects wild red pandas and their habitat through the education and empowerment of local communities in Nepal. RPN created the world’s first community-based monitoring of a red panda population. Forty two local villagers in Nepal were hired to monitor local “community forests,” educate the community about red panda conservation, and work with them to achieve their forest preservation goals.
Known for their cinnamon colored fur and bushy ringed tail, the red panda (Ailurus fulgens) is native to the mountains of Central China, Nepal and northern Myanmar (Burma). They are considered vulnerable to extinction due to habitat destruction. In addition, slow rates of reproduction and high infant mortality rates make it very hard for this species to rebound from population declines.
About Nashville Zoo
Nashville Zoo is accredited by the prestigious Association of Zoos and Aquariums, assuring the highest standards of animal care and husbandry. Attracting more than 800,000 visitors annually, the Zoo is considered one of the top things to do in Nashville. The Zoo is a non-profit organization located at 3777 Nolensville Pike and is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. The mission of Nashville Zoo is to inspire a culture of understanding and discovery of our natural world through conservation, innovation and leadership. For more information about Nashville Zoo, call 615-833-1534 or visit www.nashvillezoo.org.