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July 4, 2008

Cypress Gardens' Baby Albino Wallaby Named "Mahina"

Winter Haven, FL -- Cypress Gardens announced that Carol Wolfe, of Winter Garden, Florida submitted the winning name for the park's baby albino wallaby.

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Carol submitted the name "Mahina" meaning "moon" in Hawaiian. By submitting the winning name, Carol won four tickets to Cypress Gardens that are good for unlimited entrance to the park through the end of the year.

The winning name was selected from over 400 entries the park received between June 11 and June 30. The Marketing and Animal Care departments decided upon the winning name.

Other names that were considered: Phoebe; Aurora (glow of the early morning dawn); Kiah (meaning beauty); Mayhem; Aoraki (meaning cloud piercer); Paralla (Aborigine word for "the Moon"); Mindee; Nola (meaning fair/white shoulder in Irish). The most common name submitted was Willow.

Cypress Gardens is located in Winter Haven, Florida four miles west of SR 27 on Cypress Gardens Boulevard. For more details, visit

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