Last week, the Little Rock Zoo proudly announced that a healthy female sloth bear cub was born January 9, 2019. The proud parents are mother, Kali, and father, Sahaasa.
In celebration of their newest addition, the Zoo hosted a naming contest. Zoo staff selected three names from which to choose. The public had the chance to vote last week. More than 3,000 votes were cast.
Zaara was the name selected. In Arabic, it means “bright as the dawn.” It is still a few more weeks until the public will get to meet Zaara.
The other two choices were Rani (Hindi), which means princess and Geeta (Hindi), which means pearl or song.
The cub is one of only 34 sloth bears currently held in AZA zoos in North America and is an important individual in the survival of this population. The cub is bottle-fed every three to four hours to help her continue to grow and thrive; she is healthy and progressing well, according to Zoo staff.