TAMPA, Fla. -- Two new female lion cubs at Busch Gardens in Tampa have just arrived and are in need of names.
There are two options to choose from to name the cubs.
The first option includes the names Malaika and Mlinzi. Malaika means "Angel" and Mlinzi means "Protector."
The second naming option includes the names Shtuko and Shaba. Shtuko means "Twitch" and Shaba means "Brazen."
You can cast your vote
in the naming poll from now until next week Tuesday. The winning names will be announced next Wednesday.
The two new lion cubs are sisters. They were born on March 20th. Once they are large enough the Busch Gardens animal care team will start introducing the cubs to the lion and hyena habitat of the Edge of Africa attraction.
The addition of the cubs comes as the result of a relationship between Busch Gardens and a private zoological facility in South Africa and enhances the sustainability of lions living in managed care in North America, as well as aids in the park’s breeding program.