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 May 5, 2005
San Francisco Zoo auctions naming rights to grizzly bears
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SAN FRANCISCO Like ballparks and office towers, the naming rights to two grizzly bears at the San Francisco Zoo will be sold to the highest bidder.

Zoo officials are preparing to auction off the right to name the orphaned sisters. The bears were going to be executed in Montana before the San Francisco Zoo agreed to take them in October.

The zoo hopes to get at least 30-thousand dollars for naming rights for the pair at its April 29th fund-raising gala.

In November, the zoo had promoted a naming contest after the two-year-old bears made their public debut. The zoo received about 750 entries.

The winners were supposed to be picked in January, but the announcement never came. The contest was canceled this week because zoo officials decided auctioning the naming rights would be more lucrative.

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