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The Pride of Sydney Welcome Five Adorable Cubs

Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team

Date: September 17, 2021 12:30 pm

Taronga Zoo Sydney African Lion Cubs

Some of the African lion cubs with their mother, Maya in the den at Taronga Zoo Sydney

Photo Credit: Taronga Zoo Sydney

Taronga Zoo Sydney in Australia have made the exciting announcement that five African lion cubs have been born to experienced mother Maya. The first lion cubs born in Sydney for 18 years arrived in mid-August and are now five weeks old.

The five cubs are three females and two males. Their father is first-time dad ato. Their arrival on August 12th coincided with dad Ato's fourth birthday.

Carnivore Unit Supervisor Louise Ginman said the new pride are in good health and going from strength to strength. “Maya is a very attentive, nurturing and relaxed mother. Her labour went off without a hitch and we couldn’t be happier with the maternal behaviours that we are observing”.

“Now weighing between 5-6kg compared to approximately 1.5 kg at birth, each cub is growing and developing beautifully with mum Maya ensuring each cub is suckling and feeding well,” said Louise.

Some of the African lion cubs with their mother, Maya in the den at Taronga Zoo Sydney

Video Credit: Taronga Zoo Sydney

In a first for Taronga the public will have an opportunity to follow the growth of the new family with the brand new cub cam. It's also a great opportunity to support their conservation work with access gained through a tax-deductible donation of $7.


“In a first for Taronga, we are giving our community access to meet these five precious cubs and bringing them along on the journey from the very beginning. From when they start finding their feet, to when their paws touch grass for the first time – our community will be right there with us” said Cameron Kerr, CEO, Taronga Conservation Society Australia.

“As a not-for-profit zoo, one the best ways the public can support our two Zoos and our critical conservation work is by tuning in to Taronga TV’s brand-new cub cam. With a donation of just $7 you are supporting our work at Taronga’s two zoos and our on-the-ground work in Northern Kenya – one of six native homelands of the African Lion” added Kerr.

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African lions are listed as vulnerable in the wild and the pride at Taronga Zoo Sydney act as ambassadors for their wild cousins. Currently the species is under threat from human-animal conflict, habitat loss, illegal wildlife trade and poaching.

At present the cubs are being cared for in a behind the scenes nursery den. Soon they will meet the vets for their first health check, be introduced to father Ato and eventually make a public debut.

With Taronga Zoo Sydney currently closed to the public the cub cam represents the best way to keep up with the cubs.

You can access cub cam here – Taronga Zoo Lion Cub Cam

Taronga Zoo Sydney African Lion Cubs

Some of the African lion cubs with their mother, Maya in the den at Taronga Zoo Sydney

Photo Credit: Taronga Zoo Sydney

Learn more about African Lions here – African Lion Fact File | The Animal Facts

Learn more about Taronga Zoo Sydney on their website – Taronga Zoo Sydney

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