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“Two Cute” Baby Celebration Saturday at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

by User Not Found | Aug 09, 2013
Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is buzzing about a newborn African elephant (born July 29) and her big sister, Mpumi, 7-months-old. We’ve planned a “TWO CUTE” celebration of our big (and small) bundles of joy this Saturday, August 10 from 10 am-12 p.m. with family entertainment, docent talks, animal enrichments and activities for kids. This event is included with daytime Zoo admission and is free for Annual Zoo Pass holders.

Name the Newborn Contest Starts Online Today.

TAMPA, Fla. (Aug. 9, 2013) — Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is buzzing about a newborn African elephant (born July 29) and her big sister, Mpumi, 7-months-old. We’ve planned a “TWO CUTE” celebration of our big (and small) bundles of joy this Saturday, August 10 from 10 am-12 p.m. with family entertainment, docent talks, animal enrichments and activities for kids. This event is included with daytime Zoo admission and is free for Annual Zoo Pass holders.

NAME THE NEWBORN: The newest elephant calf needs a name. The Zoo is inviting the online community to participate in an online poll to name the precious pachyderm.

The Zoo’s elephant care team has selected several words of Swahili origin starting with the letter M in honor of mother elephant “Matjeka.” The two that receive the highest number of votes through Friday, August 16, will become the finalists. On Monday, August 19, Matjeka and the baby will choose from the two names during a special enrichment, declaring the winner.

Here are the possible names, in alphabetical order:

  • Maswane -- “infant”
  • Mahlatsi -- “forest or field”
  • Mavi -- “voices”
  • Memeta -- “shout”
  • Mngani -- “friend”

Two voters will be selected at random to represent the finalist names. Both will receive a Pachyderm Prize Package valued at over $300 which will include a family 4-pack of Zoo admission tickets, a $200 Living Social gift certificate, and two plush elephants.

The newborn is the first African elephant calf born in 2013 in the population managed by AZA-accredited zoos and wildlife centers in North America, the second born at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo in the last eight months.

Tampa’s Zoo is among a group of 41 wildlife institutions accredited by Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) that manage African elephants. The African Elephant Species Survival Plan (SSP) program is designed to maintain a healthy, self-sustaining population that is genetically diverse and demographically stable.

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Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is operated by the Lowry Park Zoological Society, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to excellence in education, conservation and research. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and is featured among the “Top 25 Zoos in the U.S” by TripAdvisor (2015) and “10 Best Zoos in the U.S.” by Trekaroo (2015). The Zoo is located at 1101 W. Sligh Avenue in Tampa, one mile west of I-275 (exit 48) and is open seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 

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