Virginia Zoo to auction naming rights of tiger cubs

Posted at 5:29 PM, Apr 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-14 17:29:00-04

NORFOLK, Va. – The Virginia Zoo is auctioning off the naming rights of their two Malayan tiger cubs.

The cubs were born at the Virginia Zoo on January 6th. The zoo made the announcement on January 15th. The two male cubs were bred from the Zoo’s current tigers — female, Api and male, Christopher.

The online auction started Thursday and will end at the Zoo To Do fundraiser on May 14.

The Zoo To Do fundraiser celebrates the Zoo’s 115 year history. It starts at 6 p.m. The band ‘Strictly Bizzness’ will perform for attendees. Attendees will also be able to have up-close animal encounters, unique performance, food from 20 local restaurants and bars and a silent auction.

The money raised from the events will go to the Zoo’s new “Defining Moments” campaign, which funds the Zoo’s new World of Reptile exhibit. The renovations will redo the internal space of the World of Reptiles building, constructed in 1974. The update will feature over 60 individual environmentally controlled exhibits in a new 13,000-square-foot exhibit space.

Other auction items include experiences like becoming a Zoo Keeper for a day, feeling a two-toed sloth and appearing on the cover of the Virginia Zoo Review.