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KURA
Means: "Red feather"
Pronounced: “Koo-ra”
This bird loves attention. Catch her flaunting her bright feathers as she struts down Loggerhead Lane.

Papa
PAPA
Means: “Flat.”
His name means “flat” but this royal spoonbill crane’s personality is anything but.

WaeWae
WAEWAE
 Means: “Legs.”
Pronounced “why-why.”
This bird, like the kiwi, is flightless and uses its legs for transportation. Unlike the Kiwi though, the Takahe’s legs stand out with their bright pinkish-red hue.

IhuflipIHU
Means: “Long.”
Pronounced “ee-hoo.”
This gecko’s name means “nose,” one of the strongest senses of the Gecko.
And believe us: this guy knows how to find the fast fun in Aquatica™ San Diego.

KataKATA
Means: “Laughter.”
Pronounced “ka-ta.”
The Kookaburra’s laughing call is one of the most well-known sounds in the animal world.

MotuMOTU
Means “island.”
Pronounced: “mo-too”
This Red Eared Slider looks just like an island when he’s floating out in the water.

RoaROA
Means: “Long.”
Pronounced “ro-ah.”
When we say “long” we’re obviously referring to this Kiwi’s lengthy bill. But “Roa” is also another name for Kiwi Bird. How cool is that?

StingrayKE-RE
Pronouned: “kay-ray.”
This curious stingray loves to splash and play, especially with new friends by his side.

WaiWAI
Means: “water.”
Pronounced: “why.”
This Dolphin is named for her ocean home and the essence of Aquatica SeaWorld's Waterpark™.