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Voting Begins to Name the Panda Cubs
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Zoo Atlanta has partnered with Good Morning America to let panda fans decide 
 
The panda polls are officially open, and the world is invited to vote for the names of the twin giant panda cubs born to Lun Lun on July 15, 2013. Voting began online through partnership with Good Morning America on October 9, 2013, and continues until 11:59 p.m. on October 20, 2013.
 
Five sets of Chinese names and meanings have been selected by Zoo Atlanta colleagues at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China. The contenders are as follows: 
  • Mei Lun (may loon) and Mei Hua (may hwaa), meaning “Lun Lun’s twin cubs born in the U.S.;”
     
  • Mei Lun (may loon) and Mei Huan (may hwaan), originating from a Chinese idiom that also means “something indescribably beautiful and magnificent;”
     
  • Tian Lun (tee-an loon) and Tian Le (tee-an luh), a modified version of another Chinese idiom meaning “joy of family life” or “family happiness;”
     
  • Lan Tian (lan tee-an) and Bi Shui (bee shway), meaning “blue sky and clear water;” and
     
  • Da Lan (dah lan) and Xiao Lan (sheow lan), meaning “bigger one (a reference to the larger Cub B) and smaller one (Cub A) of Atlanta-born twins.” 
“We in Atlanta and Georgia are fortunate stewards of these amazing animals, which are entrusted to our care on loan from China, but there are people around the world who feel a personal stake in their lives,” said Raymond B. King, President and CEO. “Giant pandas have a unique capacity to carry a conservation message, and engaging and uniting their many fans is one way we have of letting that message resonate even more powerfully.” 
 
The winning set of names will be revealed during the cubs’ 100 Day Celebration on October 23, 2013. The guests of honor, who will not yet be on exhibit at the time of their naming, are expected to make their debut in late fall. Follow their milestones on PandaCam presented by EarthCam on zooatlanta.org/pandacam and on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ and Instagram. Subscribe to exclusive email content via Cub Confidential; subscribe at zooatlanta.org/cub_confidential; subscribe on the PandaCam page on zooatlanta.org.