A trio of lion cubs born at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in February have roared into their exhibit making their public debut.
These cubs are the first to ever be born at the zoo. The cubs are almost three months old with one male and two females in the litter.
Maya is the mother of the cubs withy the father being Lazarus.
Roger Brogran, lion keeper said, “They are a bit mischievous and are certainly keeping first-time mother, Maya, on her toes. Maya is a great mother, she is very attentive.”
Keepers have spent the past week introducing the cubs to Lazarus behind the scenes. This has allowed them to all go on exhibit as a family.
“When the cubs are playing the male will tend to go one way and the females will go the other, and you can see Maya keeping a close eye on them all,” added Brogan.
“Lazarus has done this before and is being great with the three cubs. We’re really looking forward to continuing to watch the cubs grow, develop and interact with Maya and Lazarus and are sure visitors will be thrilled with their antics.”
Keepers have chosen the names Makeba, meaning greatness and Zuri, meaning beautiful for the female cubs. Soon a competition will be named allowing the public to name the male cub.
Photo Credit: Shallon McReaddie/ Taronga Western Plains Zoo