PORTLAND -- The Oregon Zoo’s three little lion cubs have new names.
The six-week-old female cubs will now go by the names Kamali, Zalika and Angalia, the zoo said Thursday. Over 15,000 votes were tallied (results below) from a public naming contest that allowed people to pick one of two choices for each cub.
Previously the cubs had been referred to as Nos. 7, 8 and 9.
Kamali is the smallest cub in the litter. She suffered from health problems earlier in Oct. and her name comes from Zimbabwe folk lore for a spirit that protects babies, zoo officials said.
Zalika is the middle sized cub who has a 'mild temperament,' according to zoo keepers. Her name is Swahili for "well-born."
Angalia is the largest of the little lions. Her new name is a Swahili word for "look out," or "be careful." Previously she had been nicknamed Feisty.
Slideshow: Oregon Zoo lion cubs
“The cubs all have distinct personalities, and now they have names to match,” said Laura Weiner, senior keeper for the zoo’s Africa section.
The cubs were born on Sept 7. and are part of the zoo’s captive breeding program. They also ventured out of their den for the first time this week (video below).
Their parents are Zawadi and Neka.
- Cub No. 7 Kamali: 11,281 (74 percent) Mara: 3,953 (26 percent)
- Cub No. 8 Zalika: 11,440 (75 percent) Jelani: 3,794 (25 percent)
- Cub No. 9 Mashavu: 7,344 (48 percent) Angalia: 7,890 (52 percent)