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Cleveland Metroparks launches naming contest for male and female Amur tiger cubs

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Posted at 2:52 PM, Feb 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-10 14:52:25-05

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo needs help naming a pair of Amur tiger cubs born in late December 2020.

The cubs, a male and a female, were born overnight between Dec. 24 and Dec. 25.

Their name choices pay homage to their native region in Russia.

Male cub:

  • Luka
  • Ivan
  • Yuri

Female cub:

  • Valentina
  • Anya
  • Tatiana
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The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has welcomed two Amur tiger cubs.

Since their birth, the cubs have been bottle-fed five times a day and have been gaining weight while reaching developmental milestones, including opening their eyes and learning how to walk.

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The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has welcomed two Amur tiger cubs.

Amur tigers continue to be an endangered species, with an estimated population of only about 400-500 remaining in their native range in the far eastern side of Russia and northeastern China. Visitors to Rosebrough Tiger Passage at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo can learn about the threats Amur tigers face, including habitat loss and poaching.

With a donation, the public can choose a name for the male and female cub. Donations will support efforts in conservation and combating illegal wildlife trade.

The choice with the most donations by Feb. 24 will determine the winning names. Click here to access the naming contest.

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