Red Panda Cub Name Revealed

August 21, 2013

Eureka City Council member Melinda Ciarabellini and her grandsons JT and AJ Ciarabellini reveal “Mohu” as the name of the new Red panda.

Sequoia Park Zoo & Foundation are pleased to announce the results of the community-wide raffle that has enabled one lucky winner to name our female Red panda baby – and two other Sequoia Park Zoo supporters to win great prizes too.

Eureka Councilmember Melinda Ciarabellini’s name was first out of the hat at this year’s Zootini on August 10th. Councilmember Ciarabellini generously donated the naming rights to her grandchildren AJ and JT Ciarabellini who selected the name “Móhú”. When asked why they chose that name, AJ quickly responded, “It’s a cool name.” Móhú means “foggy” in Chinese.

Councilmember Ciarabellini added, “We asked the Zoo to give us a short list to choose from, and we studied them all and chose Móhú because it is a name that both reflects our local area and is in Chinese, bridging the connection to China and Red panda habitat.”

The second prize, helping to feed the adult Red pandas in their habitat, was won by Gil Yule of Eureka. The third prize, hosting a children’s birthday party at the Zoo, went to David Ammerman of Cutten.

The raffle raised a total of $2200 in ticket sales. 10% of the proceeds will be donated to the Red Panda Network, an international organization committed to the conservation of wild Red pandas and their habitat through the education and empowerment of local communities.

Mohu, born in 2013, is the first Red panda to be born at Sequoia Park Zoo. Her birth contributes to the success of the Red panda SSP. (Credit: Jose Quezada)

Mohu, born in 2013, is the first Red panda to be born at Sequoia Park Zoo. (Credit: Jose Quezada)

The Zoo will present a check to the Red Panda Network on International Red Panda Day, September 29, which will also be a free day at Sequoia Park Zoo thanks to Pacific Gas & Electric. The remaining proceeds will go to the Watershed Heroes project, currently under construction to bring River otter, Salmon, and Bald eagles to the zoo next year.

Stella Luna is keeping a close watch over her cub and has not yet allowed Móhú outside her natal den. Animal care staff anticipate Móhú’s debut on exhibit within the next three weeks. Mom and cub continue to thrive.

Contact: Gretchen Ziegler, Zoo Manager
Phone: 707-441-4227
E-mail: ten.o1429332822ozkra1429332822paiou1429332822qes@r1429332822egana1429332822mooz1429332822

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