(WBIR-Knoxville) The Knoxville Zoo's newest panda cubs now have names.
After a public vote, the 15-week-old brother and sister have been officially christened Tabei and Tenzing.
The names are tributes to some of the first pioneers to reach the summit of Mount Everest, which is part of the red pandas' native range. Zoo officials say Junko Tabei was the first woman to summit the mountain in 1975 and Tenzing Norgay was the Sherpa guide who accompanied Sir Edmund Hillary on the first ascent to the peak in 1953.
The names Summitt and Neyland, nods to UT coaching legends Pat Summitt and Robert Neyland, came in second place.
It cost $1 for each vote, and the zoo raised more than $1,000 to support the zoo's red panda conservation program, which is the top breeding program in the world for this endangered species. Tabei and Tenzing are the 105th and 106th red pandas to be born in Knoxville.