Winning Name is Vostok

At about 15 weeks old, the three Amur tiger cubs born at the Minnesota Zoo have been playing and exploring each day in their Tiger Lair habitat – and now they have new names to celebrate!

Recently, the Zoo asked the community to help name one of the male cubs, with staff and other Zoo stakeholders helping name the other two cubs. More than 20,000 votes came in from the public!

The winning name, selected by our community, is Vostok! Names selected for the other two cubs are Yana (female) and Brosno (male).

When looking at naming options for animals at the Zoo, we try to choose names that are representative of the region and culture of the species’ native habitat in the wild. Amur tigers are native to eastern Asia, where their range mostly consists of temperate forests along the Amur River. The three selected names relate back to geography and bodies of water – Vostok and Brosno reference lakes and Yana references a river.

We hope you can plan an upcoming Zoo visit for a chance to see Vostok, Yana, Brosno, and their mom Dari.

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