Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s four male Lion cubs are nearing eight months of age, and are displaying their boisterous, active personalities more than ever.
Karoo, Virunga, Sheru and Bakari were born in November last year, and are the second litter of Lion cubs to be born at the Zoo. From a birth weight of around two kilograms, to now weighing over 30 kilograms each, they are growing fast.
They each have healthy appetites, consuming two kilograms of feed daily. Mealtime marks a much-needed reprieve from hours spent pouncing, chasing, and wrestling each other on exhibit. But despite their seemingly endless energy, the cubs sleep for more than half the day.
Lions are also the only cats that live in large, social groups called ‘prides’, and as a result, the cubs enjoy interacting with their mother, Maya, and father, Lazarus, as well as their older sisters and brother.
These four cubs and their family will be moving to the exciting new African Lion Pridelands exhibit at the end of the year, featuring a large 3.5-hectare open expanse for the lion pride to roam. Our Zoo Keepers have been working with the cubs to condition them for transport ahead of the transition, which will help them to stay relaxed come moving time.
A must-see for visitors to the Zoo, the four Lion cubs are most active in the morning. Visitors can learn more about the pride at the daily keeper talk at 12:35pm.