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Lion cubs on exhibit

Four male Lion cubs have made their public debut at Taronga Western Plains Zoo and are now on exhibit for visitors to see.

“The cubs are very inquisitive and are enjoying exploring their new surroundings. They have been climbing trees, rocks and logs as well as playing together,” said Keeper Megan Lewis.

The cubs are on display with mother, Maya and father, Lazarus. They will soon be joined by sub-adult females Zuri and Makeba.

“We are so pleased with how everything is going. Maya is a very attentive and nurturing mother and as a result the cubs have been flourishing,” said Megan.

“The cubs have been eating small amounts of solid food but are still very much dependent on their mother’s milk.”

Three of the cubs have been named Karoo, Virunga and Sheru respectively, with names chosen by keepers and Taronga Foundation supporters, with a naming competition now underway giving members of the public the chance to propose a name for the fourth cub.

Details of the naming competition can be found on the Zoo’s Facebook page and website. Entries close Sunday 26 February 2017.

“The name suggestions for the fourth cub should be of African origin and have an appropriate meaning for a male Lion,” said Megan.

The Lion cubs were born on 19 November 2016 and have been behind-the-scenes with Maya up until this time.

Taronga Western Plains Zoo is currently constructing a new African Lion Pridelands exhibit that will be open at the end of the year.