The New Sloth Bear Cub At Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Will Be Named Shala

Sloth Bear

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Cleveland, OH - Cleveland Metroparks Zoo revealed the new sloth bear cub will be named Shala following a successful donation drive to support wildlife conservation.

The cub was the first sloth bear born at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in 30 years and the name Shala pays homage to mom, Shiva, and dad, Balawat. The name is also unique to sloth bears’ native regions in India. The naming opportunity secured more than $2,400 to support work fighting illegal wildlife trafficking.

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