Cast your vote online on zooatlanta.org

ATLANTA – November 3, 2008 – Atlantans doing 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.

About the 100 Day Naming Tradition

A time-honored custom in many parts of China, the 100 Day Naming Celebration has its roots in practicality. Until relatively recently in history, infant mortality was common in China, and many parents postponed naming their offspring during the fragile early months. An infant’s 100th day was thus considered an extremely significant milestone, and the custom survives today as an occasion of great festivity. In Chinese tradition, family and friends typically honor the child with gifts and red envelopes containing warm wishes for health, long life and prosperity.

About Zoo Atlanta

An accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Zoo Atlanta inspires value and preservation of wildlife through a unique mix of education and an outdoor family experience. From well-known native wildlife to critically endangered species on the brink of extinction, the Zoo offers memorable close encounters with more than 800 animals from around the world.

One of only four zoos in the U.S. exhibiting giant pandas, Zoo Atlanta is also home to one of the nation’s most recognized collections of great apes and is a global center of excellence in the care and reproduction of vanishing amphibians and reptiles. Zoo Atlanta is open daily with the exceptions of Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Keeper talks, interactive wildlife shows, education programs and special events run year-round. For more information, call 404.624.WILD or visit zooatlanta.org

Press Release: zooatlanta.org

More details you will find on the follow link: https://www.zooatlanta.org/zoo_news_panda_cub_name_vote.htm

Bis zum 3. Dezember 2008 können Sie noch mit abstimmen. Nach altem chinessischem Brauch, werden Babys 100 Tage nach ihrer Geburt getauft. Für das im Zoo Atlanta am 30.August 2008 geborene Pandababy wird jetzt nach einem passenden Namen gesucht und abgestimmt. Eine Auswahl möglicher Namen wurde letzten Montag veröffentlicht. Die Vorschläge stammen von Angestellten des Zoos oder deren Familien, Zoo Besuchern, vom Zoo Atlanta Board of Directors; von Mitgliedern der neuen Zoo Atlanta MySpace Community, Einwohnern von Chengdu, China; sowie fünf lokalen TV und Radio Stationen. Die Liste mit den 12 nominierten Namen finden Sie auf der Homepage vom ZOO Atlanta. Stimmen Sie mit ab! Hier gehts zum Voting. Die Feier zur Vergabe des Namens findet am 8 Dezember 2008 statt und wird hier bekannt gegeben.

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