Zoo seeks help to name Amur tiger cub

The Minnesota Zoo is holding a naming contest for its newest Amur tiger cub, a female born April 26. Photo submitted.

The Minnesota Zoo’s newest female Amur tiger cub is now three months old and in need of a name. A special tiger cub naming contest launched on the zoo’s website on July 25. The public can submit name suggestions via an online form and the cub’s zookeepers will narrow down the name submissions to their top three to be shared with the general public for a final vote.
Naming timeline
July 25-Aug. 6: Online name submissions accepted at www.mnzoo.org/tigernamingcontest.

Aug. 7-9: Minnesota Zoo zookeepers will review name submissions and select the top three.

Aug. 10-16: General public will vote for their favorite name.

Aug. 17: The female tiger cub’s name will be revealed to the public.

The female cub, born on April 26 earlier this year, is currently being cared for behind the scenes with her mother, Sundari. Guests from around the world have been able to watch her grow up with a special Tiger Cub Webcam, sponsored by Cub. Her zookeepers say she has a curious and spunky personality.

“Our newest cub has definitely been a handful from day one. She reminds me so much of her mother, Sundari, when she was a cub with her spunky personality,” said Diana Weinhardt, curator for the Northern Trail. “It’s been really fun for my team to watch her grow and bond with her mom these past few months. She definitely has a lot of energy and Sundari is a very patient mother.”

The last tiger birth at the Minnesota Zoo occurred in 2012, when Sundari was born to female Angara, who is currently located at Como Zoo in St. Paul. Since its opening in 1978, the Minnesota Zoo has welcomed more than 40 Amur tiger cubs. Amur tigers can been seen along the Minnesota Zoo’s Northern Trail.