Bronx Zoo Cobra Receives Her Name: Mia

  • Nearly 60,000 voted
  • Winner received 27 percent of the vote
  • Bronx Zoo Reptile House to re-open and Mia will make her public debut on Saturday, April 9

Bronx, NY – April 7, 2011 – The Bronx Zoo’s Egyptian cobra has her name – Mia.

Partnering with the New York Daily News, the Bronx Zoo offered the public the opportunity to submit their favorite name for the snake – just more than 34,000 responded with their nominations and 59,535 voted on the final five choices.

The winning name – Mia – was nominated 222 times and received 15,972 votes (27 percent). The runners-up: Subira, 14,016 votes (24 percent); Amaunet, 11,672 votes (20 percent); Cleopatra, 10,730 votes (18 percent); Agnes, 6,777 votes (11 percent).

Now that Mia has received her official name and has settled into her exhibit at the Bronx Zoo’s Reptile House, the building will be re-opened to the public on Saturday, April 9 and visitors will be able to see her for the first time.

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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