Eureka councilmember Melinda Ciarabellini’s name was first out of the hat at this year’s Zootini on Aug. 10. 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 $2,200 in ticket sales. Ten percent 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.
Mom and cub continue to thrive.
Sequoia Park Zoo inspires conservation of the natural world by instilling wonder, respect and passion for wildlife. Established in 1907, Sequoia Park Zoo is the oldest zoo in California and one of the smallest accredited zoos in the country. Sequoia Park Zoo is located at 3414 W St. in Eureka. For more information visit: www.sequoiapark.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF JOSE QUEZADA
1. Eureka councilmember Melinda Ciarabellini and her grandsons, AJ and JT, who won the contest to name the red panda cub at the Sequoia Park Zoon.