Oklahoma Metropolis Zoo
The Oklahoma Metropolis Zoo welcomed its first African lion cubs in 15 years and needs assist naming them.
Dunia, a 7-year-old African lion, gave start to 3 females and one male on Sept. 26. Folks can vote for one in all three teams of names on the zoo’s web site.
- African impressed names: Neema (grace), Zahara (flower), Makena (happiness), and Mshango (shock).
- Nature impressed names in Swahili following the theme of their mom’s identify, which implies “the Earth”: Nyasi (grass), Mlima (mountain/hill), Mti (tree/wooden), and Mwamba (rock).
- Oklahoma-inspired names: Ada, Alva, Talimena (for Talimena State Park close to Talihina, Okla.) , and Shawnee.
“The final time there have been lion cubs on the Zoo, we held a naming contest and we’re persevering with with custom!” the zoo wrote on its Fb web page. “We want assist naming Dunia’s little lion cubs and we’re asking all of our followers to solid their vote.”
The zoo stated Dunia and her cubs are in good well being and are spending time bonding of their indoor dens at Lion Overlook. Within the coming weeks, the cubs will obtain their vaccinations and steadily be launched to the opposite lions on the zoo.
Although not at present endangered in Africa, African lions are thought-about “weak” by the Worldwide Union for the Conservation of Nature, with about 75% of their populations in decline, in accordance with the World Wildlife Fund. Habitat loss, prey decline and battle with people proceed to threaten African lions, of which there are round 23,000 left within the wild.
The Affiliation of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan, a workforce of specialists who handle species populations in zoos and aquariums, suggested the zoo that Dunia ought to breed with the zoo’s male lion, Hubert.
Voting will shut Monday at midnight and the profitable names might be introduced Wednesday on the zoo’s Fb web page.