GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The red panda cubs at John Ball Zoo have been named.
They are Rose, Ruby and Willow, the Grand Rapids zoo announced Friday.
The zoo hosted a contest to name the pandas, which were born June 25. People could donate as little as $1 to vote for a name. There were 471 voters from 20 states, Canada and the United Kingdom.
In all, the contest raised $13,124 for red panda conservation, the zoo said.
“Thank you … for making a difference. Thank you for helping us save animals from extinction,” zoo CEO Peter D’Arienzo said in a video announcing the names.
The family is part of a program to save the endangered red panda. It’s estimated there are fewer than 2,500 adults still in their natural habitat in the Himalayan Mountains, with the population decline blamed on the destruction of bamboo forests.