Taronga Western Plains Zoo welcomed four male Lion cubs in late 2016. The cubs were born on 19 November, the second litter for mother Maya and father Lazarus. Names were chosen for three of the cubs – Karoo, Virunga and Sheru – and the Zoo sought help from the public to name the fourth cub via a naming competition.

The winning name was Bakari meaning promising in Swahili. Congratulations to competition winner Christopher Cable.

This name Bakari was chosen from over 1300 entries by Zoo Keepers as they felt it was an appropriate name given a strong name for a male Lion and thought its meaning was reflective of our conservation program for this species.

The cubs are generally most active in the morning, when they are busy exploring their surroundings, climbing on logs and rocks as well as wrestling with, stalking and chasing each other (as well as mum or dad’s tail!) They also take long naps to re-energise throughout the day.  

Maya is a very attentive and caring mother, whilst Lazarus is a very patient father, often letting the cubs climb all over him. 

Visit Bakari, Karoo, Virunga and Sheru with Maya and Lazarus from 9.30am – 2:30pm daily (map reference S2).

Media Release

Media Release

Zoo achieves breeding success with the birth of Lion cubs.