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Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Reveal Jaguar Cub’s Name as Khan
September 09, 2013 - Jacksonville, Fl -
The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and Jacksonville Jaguars announced the name chosen for the Zoo’s newest jaguar cub as “Khan” after the Jaguars Owner Shad Khan, with whom the cub shares his birthday. The reveal took place at the Jaguars’ STAND UNITED pep rally last night. Based on the feedback of name suggestions from Jaguars fans, people had the option to vote online for one of the following five names: Khan, Shad, Jaxson, Jax, and Pounce de Leon.
“After the Jaguars win last week, announcing the cub’s new name at the pep rally was the perfect opportunity to continue the momentum and excitement happening throughout Jacksonville,” said Tony Vecchio, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens executive director. “Khan [the cub] is excited to support his new teammates and all of us at the Zoo wish the Jaguars the best of luck this season.”
The Zoo has installed a monitor to view live footage of the cub with his mother Zassi in their den. This will allow guests the opportunity to get to know the cub and his personality before he is able to be seen on exhibit. This monitor is located in the Lost Temple at the Range of the Jaguar.
About Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
For nearly a century, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has been dedicated to inspiring the discovery and appreciation of wildlife through innovative experiences in a caring environment. Starting in 1914 with an animal collection that consisted of one red deer fawn, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens now has more than 2,000 rare and exotic animals and 1,000 plants. It has won national acclaim for its South American Range of the Jaguar exhibit and has the largest botanical garden in Northeast Florida. The Jacksonville Zoo is a non-profit organization and is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). It is open year-round, seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Christmas day and is located on Jacksonville’s north side at 370 Zoo Parkway, one-half mile east from I-95. For more information on the Zoo, visit http://www.jacksonvillezoo.org.