Names of Amur leopard cubs at Potawatomi Zoo announced as zoo prepares to close for the season


By: Krystal Vivian

The three rare Amur leopard cubs born at the Potawatomi Zoo now have names.

The two female cubs are named Bella and Kazho — the Potawatomi word for cat — and the male cub is named Zeke, according to a news release from the Potawatomi Zoo. They are now eight months old.

The names were chosen through a donation voting system, where guests gave money for their favorite names. All of the money will go to the Amur leopard conservation fund.

The Potawatomi Zoo acquired more than 100 other new animals in 2015, including four new Amur tigers, two chimpanzees and an African Serval. 

The animals can be visited until the zoo closes for the season Sunday, Nov. 29.

Potawatomi Zoo will reopen during the winter months for occasional winter days, with the first one planned for the middle of December. Guests can visit with Santa and Mrs. Clause, take part in crafts, ride the zoo train from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. Admission is $5.50 per person and free for zoo members.