December at the Safari Park with the naming of Rakan and Moka


The Bengal cub, confiscated in August from a smuggler, is now known as Moka, which means “chance.” The name got more than 1,700 votes.

The Sumatran cub, sent from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo to be his companion, is now called Rakan, which means “friend.” That name got more than 2,400 online votes.

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park, named the San Diego Wild Animal Park until 2010, is an 1,800 acre (730 ha) zoo in the San Pasqual Valley area of San Diego, California, near Escondido. It is one of the largest tourist attractions in San Diego County. The park houses a large array of wild and endangered animals including species from the continents of Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, and Australia. The park is in a semi-arid environment, and one of its most notable features is the Africa Tram which explores the expansive African exhibits. These free-range enclosures house such animals as antelopes, giraffes, buffalo, cranes, and rhinoceros. The park is also noted for its California condorbreeding program, the most successful such program in the United States.

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