Help to name the lion cubs!
2021.08.19.

The two African Lion cubs, born on 31 May, now are already reached the age of 2.5 months. They develop well and spend their time playing in the outdoor area of the Lion House, and many Zoo visitors have already met them. Now it's the time to give the playful babies the names! So now the Zoo, together with the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia, announces the lion cub naming contest!

From 19 August–9 September every children up to 12 years is welcome to participate in the contest, suggesting the names for the Lion cubs! On 15 September, the official name giving event will take place, together with the new lion godfathers, Arturs Toms Plešs, the Minister for Environmental Protection and Regional Development, and Mārtiņš Staķis, the Major of Riga. The authors of the most interesting creative proposals suggesting names for the baby lions, will be invited to join the name giving event.

The young lions are a boy and a girl. You can tell them each from other easily: the boy is the bigger one that has the darker coat.

How to participate in the naming contest?

■ Children up to 12 years are welcome to participate.
■ Each participant can submit one work with a suggestion of name for a lion boy and/or the lion girl.
■ You can participate with
– a drawing of the lion boy (or the whole lion family), writing the suggested name for the cub and a brief explanation why this would be the best name; and/or
– a drawing of the lion girl (or the whole lion family), writing the suggested name for the cub and a brief explanation why this would be the best name.
■ The drawings of any size (A5–A2) and any drawing technique are acceptable.
■ Photograph or scan your work and send it to the Zoo via e-mail lauveni@rigazoo.lv from 19 August–9 September 2021, with a note "Drawing of the lion boy" or "Drawing of the lion girl". Add the name and surname of the participant, age and phone number. (All this personal information will be safely deleted after the end of the contest.)
■ The contest winners will be contacted personally on 10 September 2021 via call to the mentioned phone number or e-mail.
■ The winners will be invited to participate the name giving event on 15 September 2021 at 12:00, at Riga Zoo (address: Riga Zoo, Meža prospekts 1, Riga).

 Read more about Riga Zoo lion cubs here and here.

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