Yes I have more thoughts on this.
I wasn't going to write another post about the Tiger Cub Naming but there were things I read that I thought were worth posting about as well as commentating about.
Right after the Name was announced there were many news articles written. The one I read was on sfappeal.com. I immediately wrote my blog post about it:
As curious as the Zoo starting to insert the history behind the (RE)names of the Cubs parents in press releases after I posted about my issue with how Animals get their Names, another article surfaced on sfappeal, noting a conversation with the high bidder in the Tiger Cub naming rights auction, in a (seeming?) defence of her choice to use her own name.
Quote from this article: http://sfappeal.com/2013/05/get-ready-to-pay-2-more-to-see-grandmas-tiger-at-the-sf-zoo/
"In a Facebook message sent to the Appeal (presumably in response to our earlier report on her purchase), Atherton resident Manus said “My children named the Baby Tiger Jillian so one day they could take their kids to see ‘Grandma’s Tiger.’”
Before I write anything further, I want to note that its not my intention to "hate" on this lady personally. She is obviously decent enough to have donated $47k to not only name her but (I) assume that the money will go towards her care.
That said, starting with the quote. Part of my issue with how the Animals get their names and re-names, is that I feel there is no thought that goes into it. Names are given on a whim and without the person even seeing the Animal first. As well I believe that most of the people that are Zoo supporters with their check books have no clue what the Zoo or any Zoo is about, and are certainly not regular Visitors. Don't get me wrong, their money is needed, but I wish they were more involved because money plus knowledge would make the Zoo move into the direction of being all it can be.
So, in this case, with Jillian Manus noting that her children want to bring their Kids to see Grandma's Tiger, just proves my thoughts right. Many monetary supporters of the Zoo have no clue. This Tiger Cub is not going to live at the San Francisco Zoo its whole life. We will be lucky to see her turn one year old before she's shipped off to another Zoo for breeding purposes. So, giving her a name that will go on record in the Studbook and she will carry for life, should be something well thought out and fitting, aka about the Animal not the Donor. Jillian is a fine name, but much like Martha and Larry, in my opinion, it is not a name that fits a Tiger. Thankfully Martha and Larry have other names on record.
It could be worse, she could be carrying the name Bicka.
Another article (http://blog.sfgate.com/cityinsider/2013/05/22/sf-zoo-tiger-cub-gets-a-name/) quoted Manus:
The first blog I did was Zoo related. http://gooberssfzoofriends.blogspot.com/ It was because I had come into a position in my life where I was able to learn about the Animals on an individual basis. I became overwhelmingly endeared to them, that I wanted to share what I had learned. My efforts were fueled my the wake of the Tatiana tragedy and the bad view people had of the Zoo. I felt if I could endear people to the Animals, they would be endeared to the Zoo. I thought the idea was a win-win. I made many efforts in the form of suggestions, ideas, ect. and presented them to the Director. My history with the Zoo and Director has had its highs and lows, which I'm not going to get into here, its all been documented on my various blogs.
The purpose of bringing this up is, the Zoo has never embraced educating Visitors about the Animals as individuals. The only time they do so is when it benefits them either with Media attention or with Monetary incentive.
Photos like this one should be at all the Animals homes and include personal history about them. Celebrate the Animals and their lives daily, not just when you think someone is looking.
I love seeing this because the Cub makes me smile
and having something to identify her personally
is a good thing :)
I apologize if this post is wacky in color, text and spacing in consistency. With all the linking and such, it saved that way.