San Diego Zoo’s Name the Panda Contest

Nancy Williamson, treasurer of Literacy Volunteers of Seneca County, said she was logged into the zoo’s panda cam site when she noticed she could submit a name for their new panda baby, born August 5, 2009.“I looked up pinyin Chinese /English on the internet and worked out a name. I thought would be good.—Xiong Wei. I didn’t know if mine would be a“Chinese” name. I did know that my friend Xiong Lin at the restaurant in Seneca Falls had one of the names. Although because Chinese is a tonelanguage the Xiong I picked which means “bear” may not be the same Xiong of my friend.”No matter. Of the 6331 entries, Williamson’s is one of five selected. Votes can be cast through tomorrow, Nov. 3, by logging onto the zoo’s ebsite at http://www.sandiegozoo.org/pandacam/name_poll.php. More than 8,000 votes had been cast by Monday morning.According to the website, the five
 entries include Fú Shèng (fu sheng) which means “blissful San Diego”, Xiǎo Lóng (siao long) which means “little dragon”, Xióng Wěi (syong wei) which means “extraordinary bear”, Yǒng Xiǎng (yong siang) which means “eternally blessed”, and Yún Zǐ (yun zih) which means “son of cloud”.The zoo said entries were collected via the website and at the Giant Panda Research Station during a 10-day period in October. ! It took three days to count, sort, and finalize the more t han 6,000 entries, and the panda team staff narrowed them down to five main selections with a few alternates. These were reviewed by our colleagues in the Chinese Wildlife Conservation Association, and the final five name choices were decided.The winning name will be announced on Tuesday, November 17 at the official naming ceremony on grounds at the San Diego Zoo. The cub will be 104 days old on November 17 and ready to receive his new name.

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