AKRON, Ohio– Name that cub! The Akron Zoo is asking for your help in naming the zoo’s newest adorable additions: 3 snow leopard cubs.
The little sweethearts were born in March and will make their public debut in June. But, before they do, they need names! The naming contest, which the zoo said is sponsored by Akron Children’s Hospital, begins today and runs through May 16, 2016. Everyone is welcome to submit their suggested names by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The zoo said it will narrow down the names to six possibilities; the cubs and their mom, Shanti, will then help pick the winning names.
The people who submit the winning names will get free admission to the zoo and a snow leopard prize pack.
“We are happy to partner with Akron Children’s Hospital to ask the community for help naming these beautiful snow leopard cubs. Akron Children’s provides exceptional care for newborns, and so do we, here at the Akron Zoo. Our youngsters may look different because of the scales, feathers or fur but the professional care and attention they receive come from a heartfelt passion and belief in our mission to save wildlife and wild places,” said Akron Zoo President & CEO, Doug Piekarz. “The birth of these cubs is extremely significant to the preservation of this endangered species and this naming contest presents a rare and unique opportunity to be a part of their lives.”
The cubs, who are now 7-weeks old, weigh about 7 pounds and are doing extremely well. The zoo said they’ve become more adventurous and have begun playing and climbing.