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Snow leopard cubs named after public poll

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Presenting Kovo and Raj, the newest members of the Assiniboine Park Zoo family.

Kovo, which means "strong," and Raj, which means "royalty" or "kingdom," have been chosen as the names for the two baby snow leopard cubs which made their public debut earlier this week. The names have Sanskrit and Hindu roots.

The names received the highest votes in the Zoo's naming poll on its Facebook page. A total of 780 votes were cast.

"It’s wonderful to see that the community is as excited about the cubs as we are," said Gary Lunsford, general curator and acting director of zoological operations said in a media rerlease. "I can’t think of a better way to name them than with the help of our friends and visitors."

The cubs spent the first eight weeks of their lives in their den with their mother but are now in their habitat at the Zoo on a daily basis.

The Assiniboine Park Zoo is open daily and all Labour Day weekend from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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