Public invited to help name polar bear cub

Visitors to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium can finally see the polar bear cubs that have delighted social media followers for months.

Zoo officials announced the bears’ genders the morning of April 19 on Facebook Live before Anana and her cub—a girl—made their public debut. Aurora had two cubs: a girl and a boy. The zoo has not yet announced when they will appear at Polar Frontier, but said viewing schedules would be determined for now by the bears.

A name-the-cub contest, open through May 2 at columbuszoo.org/namethecub, allows people to vote on one of four names for Anana’s offspring: Amelia Gray, Denali, Elisapee or Vieta. 

Staff members will name Aurora’s cubs, zoo President and CEO Tom Stalf announced. Names for all three bears will be revealed on Mother’s Day, May 14.

Nanuq is the father of Anana’s cub, born Nov. 8, and Aurora’s cubs, born Nov. 14. He and Aurora also were parents to Nora, who was wildly popular with zoo visitors unless she was relocated to the Oregon Zoo in the hopes that twin sisters Aurora and Anana would produce more offspring.