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Name the Baby Panda

What do you call a cub that’s black and white and cute all over? You tell us!

We need your help selecting a name for our newest panda cub. Suggestions for the cub’s name must be submitted in Chinese pinyin, which is the official system to transcribe Chinese characters into Latin script, and the significance or meaning of the suggested name must be included.

Nominations are now closed. The Giant Panda Team will review all name submissions and have the difficult task of narrowing down the list of possible options. Because the bears are on a research loan to the San Diego Zoo from China, all possible names will be reviewed and approved for use by officials there.

Then, in October, be sure to vote online for one of the approved names for the cub. We follow the Chinese cultural tradition of naming a giant panda after it is 100 days old, so expect to learn the winning name for the cub in mid-November.

Things to consider when suggesting a name for this cub:

  • As of Sept. 12, 2012, the cub weighs about 4 pounds (1.846 kilograms) and is 16 inches (41.5 centemeters) long.
  • His mother is Bai Yun (white cloud) and his father is Gao Gao (big big).
  • He is the sixth panda born at the San Diego Zoo and the third male.
  • He has one half sister, Hua Mei (China USA);two brothers, Mei Sheng (born in the USA or beautiful life) and Yun Zi (son of cloud); and two sisters, Su Lin (a little bit of something very cute) and Zhen Zhen (precious).