Names for Bronx Zoo Egyptian Cobra Narrowed to Five

  • Just more than 33,000 nominations were submitted to the Bronx Zoo and New York Daily News
  • To vote for one of the five, go to
  • Voting ends 12:01am EDT Wednesday, April 6; name will be announced, Thursday, April 7

Bronx, NY – April 4, 2011 – The Bronx Zoo and New York Daily News have received just more than 33,000 nominations for a name of its Egyptian cobra.

Partnering with the New York Daily News, the Bronx Zoo offered the public the opportunity to submit their favorite name for the world-famous snake. Those suggestions have been narrowed down to these five finalists, and the winner will be chosen by public vote.

  •  Agnes - Greek for pure or holy; reference also to St. Agnes
  • Amaunet - A goddess in Ancient Egyptian religion; meaning ‘the female hidden one’
  • Cleopatra – The last pharaoh of Ancient Egypt; killed herself by means of an Egyptian cobra bite
  • Subira – Egyptian for patient
  • Mia

Everyone is encouraged to visit to vote on their favorite. The winning name will be announced on Thursday, April 7. Voting ends 12:01 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 6.

Max Pulsinelli: 718-220-5182;
Steve Fairchild: 718-220-5189;


The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; 5:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Adult admission is $16, children (3-12 years old) $12, children under 3 are free. Parking is $13 for cars and $16 for buses. The Bronx Zoo is conveniently located off the Bronx River Parkway at Exit 6; by train via the #2 or #5 or by bus via the #9, #12, #19, #22, MetroNorth, or BxM11 Express Bus service (from Manhattan that stops just outside the gate.) To plan your trip, visit or call 718-367-1010.

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