Final names chosen for BR Zoo's Malayan tiger cubs
BATON ROUGE - The votes are in and the public has selected the final names for the two female Malayan tiger cubs who have taken up residence at BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo.
More than 1,000 official votes were cast before BREC arrived at the top choices, Kayu Merah and Hadiah, which both come from the native tongue of cub's homeland. Kayu Merah means "red stick" in Malay, and Hadiah means "gift" in the same language.
The public entered their nominations in late November, and the zoo's animal staff were able to choose their top four to be put up for the final vote. Kayu Merah and Hadiah beat out Berani (meaning "brave" in Malay) and Darma (meaning "duty" in Malay). The individuals who submitted the two winning names will be awarded free Gold level adoption of the tiger cubs through the Zoo's Adopt an Animal program and complimentary admission to the zoo for their households.
The cubs were born to the zoo's female Malayan Tiger, which came to the Baton Rouge Zoo in 2009 from the Fort Worth Zoo, and the zoo's male Malayan tiger, which came from the Little Rock Zoo in 2012. The now named tiger cubs were the fifth and sixth Malayan tiger cubs born in the country last year.
For more information about the Baton Rouge Zoo and the tigers, visit their website at http://www.brzoo.org/.