published on November 29, 2016 - 3:02 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff
The newest addition to the Fresno Chaffee Zoo has officially been named Kijani.


The male lion cub was born Oct. 11 and was the only survivor in his litter. From Nov. 11 to 27, zoo visitors had the opportunity to purchase $1 tokens and vote on a name for the cub. Kijani, which means warrior, was the winner with 480 votes. Runners-up were Enzi (powerful) with 267 votes and Mansa (king) with 238 votes.

Funds raised through the Name the Mane promotion total $1,437, which will be donated to the Ruaha Carnivore Project, which focuses on developing conservation strategies for large carnivores in Tanzania.

Fresno Chaffee Zoo Director Scott Barton said the zoo makes an annual donation to the project. In 2015, the Fresno Chaffee Zoo donated $2,500 and in 2016 the zoo increased that amount to $4,000.

“Including an additional donation of $1,437 is something we are really excited to give,” Barton said in a statement.

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