Rob Richards – with dog Ming – suggested the name Shenzi, which was chosen for the zoo’s female lion cub.
Rob Richards – with dog Ming – suggested the name Shenzi, which was chosen for the zoo’s female lion cub.

Names chosen for zoos lion cubs

THE Darling Downs Zoo has introduced Shaka and Shenzi to the region and thanked the public for all the great suggestions sent through via the Daily News to name their rare African lion cubs.

After travelling in Africa, Rob Richards was immersed in the culture and came to understand the word Shenzi, which means monkey, being associated with cheeky children and thought it would be perfect for one of the lion cubs.

She was awarded with an annual family pass to the zoo for naming the female Shenzi, and generously donated her prize to Blue Care, where she volunteers.

“I was very pleased and thought it was good Blue Care can accept it,” Ms Richards said yesterday.

“They (Blue Care) have got to think about cost with trips and it will help them with the cost of four admissions.”

The male, Shaka, was named after a warrior king that raised the Nguni tribe to prominence in the early 19th century. The name suggestion was emailed to the Darling Downs Zoo by Olivia Elder.

Darling Downs Zoo owner Stephanie Robinson said they chose the names because they wanted something the animals could understand and for the names to have a meaning.

“We chose Shenzi simply because she is so naughty and she is constantly having a go,” Mrs Robinson laughed.



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