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    BRISBANE – 11 November 2013

    Leading travel website Wotif.com is calling on its Facebook followers to help name one of Australia Zoo’s cute Sumatran tiger cubs to help celebrate Steve Irwin Day.

    The competition, which is open until next Tuesday 12 November, will see one lucky winner gain the ultimate bragging rights of naming one of the two tiger cub brothers born in August – the first tiger cubs to be born in Australia Zoo’s 43 year history. 

    Wotif.com Product Director, Donna Rodios, said animal lovers could put forward their favourite names via Wotif.com’s Facebook page and the Irwin family would choose the top three. 

    Ms Rodios said a tiger-filled twist would see the cub choose its own name in time for Australia Zoo to mark Steve Irwin Day on Friday 15 November. 

    “Australia Zoo is an Aussie icon and we’re delighted to give one of our Facebook followers the chance to claim kudos for naming one of the tiger cubs,” she said. 

    “The top three, most creative, entries chosen by Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin will win family passes to the zoo. Early name suggestions already include Hunter, Simba and scruffy. 

    “The Sunshine Coast is consistently one of the most popular destinations booked on our site, with the past school holidays seeing the area mark a 9 per cent year on year increase. It’s a great place for families to visit, especially with star attractions like Australia Zoo on its doorstep.” 

    Australia Zoo Head of Tigers, Giles Clark, said the birth of the cubs was of significant importance to Sumatran tiger conservation. 

    “Not only will these cubs ensure the survival of the species in captivity, but they will also provide genetic diversity among captive tiger populations. The cubs’ wild bloodline is an important factor. These cubs are possibly the most significant births for the program in recent history,” he said. 

    “Tigers are listed as critically endangered, but it takes just $5 to save a tiger in the wild for one day. Over the past decade, visitors to the Zoo have helped raise $1.3 million to support our tiger conservation projects around the world.” 

    Visit www.facebook.com/wotif and like and comment on the tiger cub picture with your name suggestion for your chance to win. Entrants need to be 18 or over.