San Diego Zoo Safari Park gives fans chance to name tiger cubs

Posted at 12:12 PM, Nov 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-25 16:32:04-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A tiger cub who made headlines after being rescued at the U.S./Mexico border has been adjusting well to his new home - and new brother.

The 3-month-old rescued Bengal tiger cub was brought to San Diego Zoo Safari Park on  Aug. 23, after being confiscated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the U.S./Mexico port of entry near San Diego.

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Soon after, he was joined by a 4-month-old Sumatran tiger cub born at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, whose mother was unable to care for him properly.

Now San Diego Zoo Safari Park's two tiger cubs need one more thing: Names. And the zoo is giving fans a chance to help name the pair.

The park has set up a website to vote on the cubs' new monikers, with two sets of names available to choose from. 

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For the Bengal cub, fans can vote between Shuroo (Beginning), Moke (Chance), Bachaaya (Rescued), Indra (Hindu Warrior God of the Sky and Rain), Sahasi (Bravew), and Mansasi (Carnivore). The Bengal cub's names were selected to help shed light on wildlife trafficking.

For the Sumatran cub, fans can select from Kuat (Strong), Kilau (Sparkle), Pemburu (Hunter), Topan (Hurricane), Rakan (Friend), and Masalah (Trouble).

The winning names will be announced on Thursday, Nov. 30. Fans can vote online at