Tyler’s Caldwell Zoo is welcoming four fuzzy little lion cubs into the world, and wants help naming them. Their mother, Njeri (Kenyan for “daughter of a warrior”), gave birth to five cubs on Jan. 22. One died of complications shortly after birth, but one male and three females are happy, healthy, and are doing very well.
The male was named Doc, after the late Dr. Steve Wilson, the zoo’s longtime veterinarian, but the female cubs still are unnamed.
Even without names, the new cubs are having an impact on drawing crowds to the Caldwell Zoo.
To vote, reply on the Caldwell Zoo’s Facebook page, submit a vote by email to email@example.com, or pick up a ballot at the zoo’s front office at 2203 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Tyler.
Voting ends March 20, and the names will be announced March 24. Voters should select one name for each of the three female cubs from the following options:
Imara (eh-mar-ah), meaning strong one
Malika (ma-leeka), meaning angel
Zuri, meaning beautiful
Adanna (ah-dan-nah), meaning father’s daughter
Makena (ma-kee-nah), meaning happy one
Zola, meaning quiet, tranquil
Aziza (ah-zee-zah), meaning darling, respected
Damisi (dah-mee-see), meaning happy
Amira (ah-mir-ah), meaning princess
Azima (ah-zee-mah), meaning mighty
Mboga (em-boga), meaning groceries