Friday, November 14, 2008

Voting Now Open to Name Zoo Atlanta's Giant Panda Cub

Atlantans who did their civic duty on Election Day now have a second ballot to cast. Voting to name Zoo Atlanta’s new giant panda cub officially opened on Monday, November 3 on
zooatlanta.org. The only giant panda born in the U.S. in 2008, the 2-month-old cub had already garnered more than 2,400 ballots in the first day of voting.

Twelve final names represent the Zoo Atlanta family and extended family, with contenders from Zoo staff; Zoo Members; the Zoo Atlanta Board of Directors; Zoo Atlanta’s MySpace.com community; the residents of Chengdu, China; and five local media outlets:

Xiao Laoxiong “Little buddy” Giant panda keepers
Xiao Nan “Little man” Zoo Atlanta Staff
Hua Sheng “Peanut” Zoo Atlanta Members
Xi Lan “Atlanta’s joy” Zoo Atlanta Board of Directors
Wei Sheng “Greatness is born” Zoo Atlanta MySpace Community
Shu Shu “Kind and gentle” B98.5 FM
Wei Li “Large and strong” 92.9 Dave FM
Ling Li “Alert and quick” VIVA 105.7 FM
Shen Shi Lan “Atlanta’s gentleman” Star 94 FM
Li Lan “Atlanta’s strength” V103 FM
Fu Mei “Handsome and happy boy” Chengdu, China
Mei Chuan “Handsome Sichuan boy” Chengdu, China

Giant panda fans may vote online on zooatlanta.org or cast a ballot in person at the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Giant Panda Conservation Center at Zoo Atlanta. Voting ends at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, December 3. The cub’s name will be unveiled during the cub’s 100 Day Naming Celebration on December 8.

The individual or organization responsible for submitting the winning name announced on December 8 wins a private reception for 50 at Zoo Atlanta and an exclusive viewing of the cub, who is expected to make his public debut in January 2009. Images, video and live PandaCam peeks at the new arrival are available on zooatlanta.org.

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