Winners revealed in Tropical World mascot competition

Caption: Pupils of St Partick's Catholic primary school, meet Tropical World's new meerkat mascot, Mango.

The winners of a competition to name the meerkat mascot of a popular visitor attraction in the city have been revealed.

Launched in June and open to all primary schools, classes were asked to suggest a suitable name for the meerkat, who will represent with great pride Tropical World.

Located at Roundhay Park, Tropical World, which is currently undergoing a £720,000 revamp, is the home to a wide-variety of animals, including meerkats, butterflies, birds, fish, reptiles, nocturnal monkeys, bats and crocodiles.

After 56 classes from 22 schools across the city had submitted their suggestions, class Y2 of St Patrick’s Catholic primary and class 2Pi of Chapel Allerton primary were named as the winners, following their proposal of the name ‘Mango’.

At St Patrick’s, each class proposed a name, and three pupils in year six took on the task of collating the entries, and then e-mailing the list to the Tropical World team.

Following the announcement of the winning name, Mango paid a special visit to St Patrick’s to meet the pupils at their final assembly before the summer break.

Councillor Jack Dunn, lead member for the environment said:

“Tropical World really is a brilliant visitor attraction for all the family, and it was great to see so many primary schools take part in this city-wide competition to name our meerkat mascot.

“After a lot of deliberation ‘Mango’ was chosen as the winner, and well done to both St Patrick’s Catholic primary and Chapel Allerton primary on submitting the successful entry.

“Mango certainly caused a stir when he visited the pupils of St Patrick’s, and judging by the enthusiastic reception, promises to be a very popular mascot for Tropical World.”

Mrs Kneeshaw, Head Teacher of St Patrick’s Catholic primary school said:

“It was a wonderful surprise for all the school to have Tropical World's fabulous new mascot visit school on our last day of term!

“Many of the children said they hoped to visit Mango during the holidays when they visited Roundhay Park. Thank you again to the Tropical World team for bringing him to our school."

Notes to editors:

Tropical World at Roundhay Park is one of Leeds’ most popular family attractions, with over 300,000 visits being made every year.

Opening times

Summer: 10am until 6pm (last admission at 5.30pm)

Winter: 10am until 4pm (last admission at 3.30pm)


• Adults: £3.40

• LeedsCard £2.70

• ‘Extra’ cardholders £1.70

• Breezecard £1.70

• 5-15 year olds £2.30

• Under 5s Free

Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Contact: Telephone - (0113) 2370495 (10am - 4pm)

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