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The votes are in, and Fresno zoo’s lion cub now has a name

Fresno Chaffee Zoo's lion cub is five ridiculously adorable weeks old

Fresno Chaffee Zoo’s African lion cub is busy exploring his enclosure, playing with mother Kiki (there are no siblings to play with) and slowly being introduced, behind a protective screen, to his sister Zamaya. The lion cub is the first to be bor
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Fresno Chaffee Zoo’s African lion cub is busy exploring his enclosure, playing with mother Kiki (there are no siblings to play with) and slowly being introduced, behind a protective screen, to his sister Zamaya. The lion cub is the first to be bor

The lion cub born at Fresno Chaffee Zoo now has a name.

Kijani, which means “warrior” in Swahili, was the name that received the most votes from visitors to the zoo Nov. 11-27. Visitors paid $1 per vote for their favorite name and Kijani received 480 votes, according to Ciara Castellanoz, marketing manager for the zoo. Enzi (“powerful” in Swahili) received 267 votes and Mansa (“king”) received 238.

The cub was born Oct. 11 to mother Kiki. He is the first lion to be born at the zoo since 1968.

The zoo raised $1,437 through the “Name the Mane” promotion. Funds will go toward the Ruaha Carnivore Project, which focuses on developing conservation strategies for large carnivores in Tanzania. To learn more about the project, go to www.ruahacarnivoreproject.com.

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