NC Zoo picks names for four new lion cubs after contest ends

ASHEBORO, NC (AP) — The NC Zoo has selected the names for its four new lion cubs after going through nearly 2,000 names submitted for a contest.

According to the zoo’s website, the three-month-old female cubs are named Savanna and Lololi; the male cubs are named Khari and Kirabo.

Names submitted for the contest had to relate to places in Africa, the natural habitat or natural abilities of lions or the culture of people in African countries where lions are natives.

Savanna refers to the grasslands in Africa; Lololi means, “there is always love;” Khari means, “kingly;” and Kirabo means, “gift from God.”

The winners will receive four zoo tickets apiece and a lion-themed gift bag with items from the zoo’s gift shops.

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