Coachella Valley’s Living Desert’s Jaguar Cubs Receive Names!
Coachella Valley's Living Desert's Jaguar Cubs Receive Names!Jaguar Cubs Receive Names: Rico and Tesoro The Living Desert’s first-ever jaguar cubs, born April 26th, recently received official names from two different contests. The two male cubs are now called “Rico,” Spanish for rich, and “Tesoro,” Spanish for treasure and are on exhibit in the North American section of the zoo.
"We couldn’t be happier with the winning names,” said Allen Monroe, President/CEO of The Living Desert. “Rico and Tesoro truly are a rich treasure for the zoo and the cubs continue to delight visitors with their playful demeanor.”The first naming opportunity presented visitors to The Living Desert with the option of paying one dollar a vote to choose their favorite name among four choices selected by zookeepers. Rico received the most votes by an overwhelming margin. The second cub’s name was selected as a result of an ebay auction that raised hundreds of dollars. The winning bidder was Karen Casier of Palm Desert, who has also served as a volunteer at The Living Desert for nearly seven years. In addition to naming one of the cubs, Casier receives a commemorative jaguar plush, framed photoof the jaguar cub and a private, behind-the-scenes jaguar tour for up to four people. The money raised from the naming directly supports The Living Desert’s conservation and preservation efforts. The Living Desert recommended that the names be associated with the jaguars’ native South, Central and North America habitat. Rico and Tesoro were born to Magia and Memo who were brought together as part of the Species Survival Plan. They are the first-ever jaguar cubs birthed at The Living Desert. The Living Desert is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission ranges from $8.75 to $17.25 (children under 3 are free). Membership prices begin at $60 for an individual and $105 for a family of four. Membership benefits include early admission, discounts, special events and more. For more information: (760) 346-5694 or visit www.LivingDesert.org
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