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Last chance to name Banham Zoo’s endangered Sri Lankan Leopard cubs

PUBLISHED: 11:17 03 January 2018 | UPDATED: 11:17 03 January 2018

Banham Zoo is celebrating the birth of two rare and endangered Sri Lankan leopard cubs by inviting our readers to name them. Photo: Banham Zoo.

Banham Zoo is celebrating the birth of two rare and endangered Sri Lankan leopard cubs by inviting our readers to name them. Photo: Banham Zoo.

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It’s your last chance to enter a unique competition at a Norfolk zoo to name two endangered leopard cubs.

Banham Zoo is celebrating the birth of two rare and endangered Sri Lankan leopard cubs by inviting our readers to name them. Photo: Helen Sherratt.Banham Zoo is celebrating the birth of two rare and endangered Sri Lankan leopard cubs by inviting our readers to name them. Photo: Helen Sherratt.

The exclusive compeition in this newspaper closes on Friday and with entries coming in thick and fast this is your last opportunity to name a pair of baby Sri Lankan leopards which were born at Banham Zoo in September.

The winners will be announced later this month and will be awarded some amazing prizes by the zoo, outlined below.

With fewer than 1,000 Sri Lankan Leopards in the wild, the birth of the cubs has been warmly welcomed by the zookeepers at Banham.

These endangered animals have bred successfully at the zoo for many years, but this is the first time for Sariska and her mate, Mias.

Banham Zoo is celebrating the birth of two rare and endangered Sri Lankan leopard cubs by inviting our readers to name them. Photo: Alex Layzell.Banham Zoo is celebrating the birth of two rare and endangered Sri Lankan leopard cubs by inviting our readers to name them. Photo: Alex Layzell.

Michael Woolham, the zoo’s animal manager, said: “It’s very exciting for the zoo.

“Sariska has so far been a super mother - very attentive and protective. I’m sure the cubs are going to grow up to be very healthy.

“Because Banham has a lot of experience with big cats and in particular Sri Lankan leopards, Mias was sent to us with the

view that we might be able to persuade him to breed.”

Zookeepers watched the birth of the two Sri Lankan Leopard cubs via a CCTV feed. Photo: Banham Zoo.Zookeepers watched the birth of the two Sri Lankan Leopard cubs via a CCTV feed. Photo: Banham Zoo.

The cubs, now almost four months old, have had their veterinary checks and vaccinations and have been identifed as two females.

Banham Zoo would like the cubs to be given names associated with Sri Lanka and is inviting our readers to send their suggestions.

To enter, email two name suggestions to Banham Zoo’s marketing department at marketing@zsea.org

You can enter as many times as you like before the competition closes on Friday, January 5.

Banham Zoo is celebrating the birth of two rare and endangered Sri Lankan leopard cubs by inviting our readers to name them. Photo: Banham Zoo.Banham Zoo is celebrating the birth of two rare and endangered Sri Lankan leopard cubs by inviting our readers to name them. Photo: Banham Zoo.

The winning names will be selected by the Banham keepers and both competition winners will receive a year’s sponsorship of the named cub which will include a personalised certificate, a photograph, and information on the Sri Lankan leopard cubs.

The competition winners’ names will be shown on a sponsors’ sign near the enclosure, and each will also receive a copy of the Zoological Society of East Anglia Magazine and a free family day out at the zoo.

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