Omaha, NE (September 1, 2016) – Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium’s three Amur tiger cubs, one female and two males, have been named by keepers.
The cubs, born on Thursday, July 7, have received names from the Zoo’s cat keepers. The female cub has been named Aurora, submitted by 21-year-old Mackenzie Haake of Bellevue, Nebraska. Aurora now weighs 15.5 pounds. The first male cub has been named Finn, submitted by 52-year-old Mary Vedder of Bellevue, Nebraska. Finn weighs 17 pounds. The second male cub has been named Titan, submitted by three-year-old Linden DeVard of Omaha, Nebraska. Titan weighs 18 pounds.
The naming contest was held from Thursday, August 18 to Thursday, August 25. Guests were invited to submit their name ideas at the Cat Complex. The winning names were selected by the keepers who care for cats. There were 2,576 names submitted. The entrants of the winning names will receive a unique Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium gift basket.
The cubs are on display with their mother, Isabella, and can be seen in the cat complex. While the cubs are currently nursing, they will start eating meat around three months old.
Amur tigers live in eastern Russia and have been seen in China and North Korea. Amur tigers are listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). There have been four other tiger births in the past 12 months in zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).