Dublin Zoo Welcomes Asian Lion Cub

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Dublin Zoo Welcomes Asian Lion Cub

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Dublin Zoo is celebrating the birth of a female Asian lion.  The cub was born on 11 August 2014 to mum Sita, who came from Mulhouse Zoo in France in 2012 and dad Kumar, who came to Dublin Zoo from Rotterdam Zoo in the Netherlands last year.
The new arrival joins Kuno who was born to Zuri and experienced dad Kumar on 31 May 2014.  Both births are significant for Dublin Zoo and the international breeding programme for this  endangered species. There are less than 350 Asian lions in the wild. The entire wild population of these lions can be found in one place - the Gir Forest in India.
Team leader Ciaran McMahon said: 'It is wonderful to be welcoming a second Asian lion cub to Dublin Zoo so soon after the birth of Kuno. These lions are  endangered and it is of great conservation importance that zoos maintain a viable population of Asian lions.
The female cub is settling in very well. At two months old she now weighs an estimated 6kg and has developed a strong bond with mum Sita."
He continued 'We are excited to see how the relationship between the female cub and Kuno develops as they grow and mature together'.

Dublin Zoo is celebrating the birth of a female Asian lion.  The cub was born on 11 August 2014 to mum Sita, who came from Mulhouse Zoo in France in 2012 and dad Kumar, who came to Dublin Zoo from Rotterdam Zoo in the Netherlands last year.

The new arrival joins Kuno who was born to Zuri and experienced dad Kumar on 31 May 2014.  Both births are significant for Dublin Zoo and the international breeding programme for this  endangered species. There are less than 350 Asian lions in the wild. The entire wild population of these lions can be found in one place - the Gir Forest in India.

Team leader Ciaran McMahon said: 'It is wonderful to be welcoming a second Asian lion cub to Dublin Zoo so soon after the birth of Kuno. These lions are  endangered and it is of great conservation importance that zoos maintain a viable population of Asian lions.

The female cub is settling in very well. At two months old she now weighs an estimated 6kg and has developed a strong bond with mum Sita."
He continued 'We are excited to see how the relationship between the female cub and Kuno develops as they grow and mature together'.

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