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Kazakhstan zoo names jaguar cub ‘Australia’ amid bushfire crisis

Kazakhstan, Almaty
January 17, 2020 at 16:49 GMT +00:00 · Published

Employees at Almaty Zoo in Kazakhstan have named a two-month-old female jaguar cub ‘Australia’ amid the bushfires that have devastated the Oceanian country’s wildlife.

The employees liked the name, which was suggested by a Facebook user during a contest for a suitable name.

The head of the development department of Almaty Zoo Akzhami Rakhimova explained why they chose the name. “Let our jaguar, Australia, be a reminder that you need to save lives all over the world.”

Since September, bushfires have swept through parts of Australia amid a record heatwave. The fire has affected around 5,000,000 hectares of land, claiming the lives of 24 people and at least half a billion animals.

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Employees at Almaty Zoo in Kazakhstan have named a two-month-old female jaguar cub ‘Australia’ amid the bushfires that have devastated the Oceanian country’s wildlife.

The employees liked the name, which was suggested by a Facebook user during a contest for a suitable name.

The head of the development department of Almaty Zoo Akzhami Rakhimova explained why they chose the name. “Let our jaguar, Australia, be a reminder that you need to save lives all over the world.”

Since September, bushfires have swept through parts of Australia amid a record heatwave. The fire has affected around 5,000,000 hectares of land, claiming the lives of 24 people and at least half a billion animals.

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