Five lion cubs are nameless no longer.
The winners of the contest to name the five cubs born Dec. 29 at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium were announced Friday morning.
More than 5,000 names were entered in the naming contest. Facebook visitors voted for their favorites from the top 10 names for males and the top 10 for females that had been selected by zookeepers. All the finalist names came from African words.
Winners for the two male lion cubs are Taj, meaning crown, submitted by Janis Cazares; and Josiri, meaning brave, submitted by Rebecca Lowe.
The three winning female names are Kya, meaning diamond in the sky, submitted by Denise Kollarth; Leela, meaning night beauty, submitted by Steve Barnes; and Zuri, meaning beautiful flower, submitted by Cianne Suhr.
The people who submitted the winning names received an annual zoo membership or renewal, a lion-themed gift basket and an invitation to a light breakfast and a cat-training session. They will be able to bring up to six guests for the training session.
The cubs are on display in the Cat Complex with their mother, Mfisha, and their aunt, Ahadi.