Rare Tiger Cub Named ‘Coco’ in Asian Tigers Contest

(Loahu Valley Reserve, South Africa Sept. 19, 2008)
A rare South China Tiger cub, born six months ago in South Africa has been given the name “Coco” in a contest sponsored by Asian Tigers Group. Li Quan, founder of Save China’s Tigers, the charity who is breeding these tigers in an innovative project in South Africa, said: “We gave the right to name this special cub to Asian Tigers Group in thankful recognition for their generous past and on-going support of our efforts to save this endangered tiger. Asian Tigers in turn ran a contest for their clients and received over 120 entries from countries throughout Asia”. The winning name ‘Coco’ was submitted by Ms. Ping Lau of the Macquarie Bank in Hong Kong. Ms. Lau also won a dinner for 12 people at the Man Ho Chinese Restaurant at the JW Marriot Hotel in Hong Kong. Asian Tigers Group will also make a donation to Save China’s Tigers in Ms. Lau’s name.

Asian Tigers Group C.E.O. Rob Chipman said: “Ms. Lau submitted the name because she thought Coco was a great name for a cat – and what a cat! We had a lot of interesting names but Coco seemed to strike the right balance of being cute, playful, friendly, easy to remember and easy to pronounce”. Asian Tigers is an alliance of Asia's finest move management specialists. Gordon Bell, Chairman of Asian Tigers Group said the removal group usually supported community-based charities within their operations area but has supported Save China’s Tigers efforts to save the critically endangered South China tiger for several years now. He added:”To everyone who participated, thank you for your support and concern for the Save China’s Tigers organization”.

Coco and his brother JenB were born on March 30th this year and are being devotedly cared for by their mother, Cathay, at the charity’s 320 sq. km reserve in South Africa. The cub is one of five cubs that will undergo rewild training before being reintroduced to a natural protected reserve in China in partnership with the Chinese government. The South China Tiger is the ancestral subspecies of all tigers, yet fewer than 100 remain. “Apparently Coco is derived from the Spanish ‘socorro’ meaning “succour” or “help” said Quan, and succour means “relief to those in distress” - all too appropriate for a little tiger so important to the future of his species”.

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