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Snow Leopard Day at the zoo today

August 15th, 2009 · No Comments

Woodland Park Zoo will publicly debut their two new snow leopard cubs at noon today during 3rd annual Snow Leopard Day and announce the name of the male cub.

Woodland Park Zoo invited people to vote on a name for the cub, born May 25. His twin sister has already been named Batu (pronounced BAH-too), meaning firm, hard, honest in Mongolian.

Leopard-related activities run from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Update: The cub has been named “Gobi.” More than 35,000 votes were cast in the poll that asked people to choose from one of four Mongolian names: Gobi, Boke (“strong”), Irbis (“leopard”) and Vachir (“thunderbolt”). The names are in honor of one of 12 countries that is home to the endangered snow leopard.

The zoo drew one name at random from all of the contest entrants, choosing Kristie McLean of Seattle who won a snow leopard prize package: a ZooParent snow leopard adoption from Woodland Park Zoo, a framed photograph of Gobi, and a signed copy of “Saving the Ghost of the Mountain: An Expedition Among Snow Leopards in Mongolia” by award-winning author Sy Montgomery.

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