Messages of Support

Lion Cubs Naming Contest

Help us welcome Kamara’s two adorable new cubs—one boy and one girl—into our “Colorado Pride” by giving them names with a distinct Centennial State flavor.

Your donation helps give them the care they need to become thriving members of our growing African lion family.

Thanks to our generous matching donors, which includes two anonymous donors, Brandon McManus of the Denver Broncos, The Eisinger Family, and Jim Steverson, your votes (which help us care for our two cubs) will be doubled up to $32,500!

Vote for her name

Vote for Poppy

Local gardeners love the winecup, or “poppy mallow” flower for its ability to thrive wherever it’s planted—we love this name because our little lion girl is equal parts vibrant bloom and squishy marshmallow.

Vote for Araali

Araali (ah-RAH-lee) means Strength of Thunder in Swahili—this name combines Colorado’s famously stormy summer afternoons with our tradition of giving our cubs names that reflect their African origins.

Vote for Esther

Estes Park adventurer Esther Burnell was the first woman to become a certified nature guide in the National Park System, right here in Estes Park, Colorado—a legacy that sets the perfect tone for our feisty little lady cub.

Vote for his name

Vote for Lincoln

The highest point in Park County, Mount Lincoln is one of Colorado’s most accessible fourteeners—just as the birth of Kamara’s cubs was a high point of Denver Zoo’s spring baby boom!

Vote for Oskar

Coloradoans love a hometown hero almost as much as they love a good beer. Oskar Blues Brewery, the inspiration for the name, was born in (wait for it) LYONS, Colorado, and is known for crafting beers as bold as our boy.

Vote for Stout

Speaking of beer, stouts are known for what brewers call a “beautiful roundness” whilst still harboring a fair amount of “toasty complexity”—just like our perfect little lion man!

Lion cubs thank you
Lion cubs thank you