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Cincinnati Zoo’s Baby Bearcat Named Today

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden announces the results of the contest to name the baby binturong: Cincinnati loves “Lucy”!

Date: 5/7/2008 12:00:00 AM
By: Wendy Beckman
Phone: (513) 556-1826
Other Contact: Tiffany Sands
Other Contact Phone: (513) 559-7724

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The Cincinnati Zoo’s four-month-old female bearcat finally has a name. More than 2,000 names were submitted over the two-week-long contest and it is clear that Cincinnati loves “Lucy.” The Cincinnati Zoo and University of Cincinnati also love Lucy and unanimously selected the name from a list of the top vote-getters. Other names considered were Binti, Joni, Nancy, Bindi, Yucie and Huggs.

“It seems fitting that the winning name incorporates the University of Cincinnati’s initials,” said Thane Maynard, executive director of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. “We hope that the students and staff at the University of Cincinnati and the entire Cincinnati community love Lucy as much as we do.”

Visitors can meet “Lucy” daily in the Children’s Zoo Nursery during Zoo Babies, May 10–25. Each day throughout the Zoo Babies event, guests can hear from Lucy’s animal caretakers at 11 a.m. during “Baby Talks.” To help celebrate the return of the bearcat, the Cincinnati Zoo is offering half-price Zoo admission to all University of Cincinnati students, faculty and staff with a valid UC ID now through May 25.

Do the Zoo!
Zoo Babies is free with regular Zoo admission. Regular admission prices are $13/adults, $8/children (2–12), children under two are free and parking is additional. The Zoo opens daily at 9 a.m. See the Zoo Babies, May 10–25. For more information, call (513) 281–4700 or visit

About the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

The world famous Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden was rated the #1 attraction locally and one of the top zoos in the nation by Zagat Survey. It has also been recognized by Child Magazine as one of "The 10 Best Zoos for Kids." Over one million people visit the Zoo’s award-winning exhibits, and more than 500 animal and 3,000 plant species annually. The Zoo is an accredited member of the American Zoo & Aquarium Association and the American Public Gardens Association, is internationally known for its success in the protection and propagation of endangered animals and plants, and engages in research and conservation projects worldwide.

Read more about the Zoo announcement and watch the press conference!

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