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Lion cubs debut at Woodland Park Zoo

Posted by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin on February 15th, 2013

Four three month old African lion cubs are ready to meet the public tomorrow at Woodland Park Zoo. They have been living in an off-view maternity den since they were born in November last year.

The cubs and their 3-year-old mom Adia are scheduled to be on view in the lion shelter from 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day starting tomorrow. Viewing hours may change at different times due to weather and veterinary examinations.

The cubs, two females and two males, are the first African lions to be born at the zoo since 1991 and are the first litter for their mother.

For the past two weeks the cubs have been introduced to the outdoors through a series of introductory sessions. “All four cubs are doing exactly what they should be doing at their age. They’re playing, they’re romping around, and they’re exercising predatory instincts such as mock stalking, pouncing, mouthing and biting,” said Martin Ramirez, mammal curator at Woodland Park Zoo.

When the cubs are not on view in the exhibit their father and a 13-year-old female lion, named Kalisa, may be on display there.

The cubs have not yet been named. The zoo plans to invite the community to help name two of the cubs through a public contest.

Click here to see more information about the lion cubs and their exhibit.

Photo courtesy of the Woodland Park Zoo.

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