The public chose the name Mina for the new tiger cub at the Jacksonville Zoo. | Jacksonville Zoo and GardensThe public chose the name Mina for the new tiger cub at the Jacksonville Zoo. | Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Meet Mina, the new tiger cub at the Jacksonville Zoo

Published on February 2, 2024 at 2:34 pm

Drumroll please — the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has announced the name of its new Malayan tiger cub: Mina.

The name was chosen in a public vote over two weeks. Mina (pronounced MEE-nah) was born Nov. 5 with her brother and sister.

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Donors named Mina’s siblings, but the zoo let the public choose a name for the third cub. People were asked to pick from five names: Mina (meaning one who is unrelenting and determined), Cahya, Nayla, Indah and Seniya.

Voters were asked to make a donation to the zoo, which raised $6,000 from 300 submissions, Mina received 148 votes, or 49% of them.

Zoo officials say Mina and the other two new cubs, plus 10-year-old mother Cinta, can be seen on a live stream at jacksonvillezoo.org/live-animal-cams.

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author image Reporter, WJCT News 89.9 Dan Scanlan is a veteran journalist with almost 40 years of experience in radio, television, and print reporting. He has worked at various stations in the Northeast and Jacksonville. Prior to joining the WJCT News team, Dan spent 34 years at The Florida Times-Union as a police and current affairs reporter.
author image Reporter, WJCT News 89.9 Dan Scanlan is a veteran journalist with almost 40 years of experience in radio, television, and print reporting. He has worked at various stations in the Northeast and Jacksonville. Prior to joining the WJCT News team, Dan spent 34 years at The Florida Times-Union as a police and current affairs reporter.