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Kumar is the New King in Town

Friday, 19 April 2013

Dublin Zoo Welcomes Asian Lion 

Dublin Zoo is celebrating the arrival of a male Asian lion named Kumar. Kumar is almost seven years old, weighs 140 kilos and came from Rotterdam Zoo in the Netherlands. 

Kumar has joined three year old Asian lioness sisters Zuri and Sita, who came from Mulhouse Zoo in France last year. Kumar’s arrival is particularly significant for Dublin Zoo as the male lion provides an important boost to the international breeding programme for this highly endangered species.

Asian lions are endangered in the wild with an estimate of only 350 remaining. The entire wild population of these lions can be found in one place – the Gir Forest in India.

Ciaran McMahon, who is responsible for the big cats at Dublin Zoo, said, ‘Kumar is a stunning animal with an amazing mane. To put his impressive size into context, he is about 35 times heavier than a domestic cat. Kumar possesses the usual characteristics of a big cat including strength, power and prowess. He also has a really laid back attitude.’

He continued, ‘Kumar has great social skills and has settled in tremendously well, he has already asserted his dominance over the females and they will hopefully breed.’ 

Stay tuned to series 4 of The Zoo where viewers will see footage of Kumar’s arrival to Dublin Zoo.  The Zoo, brought to you in association with EBS, is aired on RTÉ One every Thursday at 7pm.

Dublin Zoo, a not for profit organisation, is open seven days a week from 9.30am to 6pm. For further information on Dublin Zoo visit www.facebook.com/dublinzoo.ie



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