Want to name Dublin Zoo's new lion cub?
Published 12/08/2014 | 17:38
Dublin Zoo are running a competition on their Facebook page to name their new arrival - the six-week-old son of Asian lions Zuri and Kumar.
The new cubs parents came to Dublin from Rotterdam Zoo, in the Netherlands, last year.
The birth is a significant one for Dublin Zoo as Asian lions are a "critically" endangered species with less than 350 left in the world - all of whom can be found in the Gir Forest in India.
Team leader Ciaran McMahon said the lion cub "has a wonderfully playful and curious personality. It’s lovely to see Zuri taking to her role as a new mum so well and Kumar is as cool and calm as ever. At two months old he now weighs an estimated 6.6kg."
Speaking on the role of the animal care team he laughed "we don't have to do too much... Zuri takes care of it", adding "we're just watching out for weight gain - that's the most important thing right now".
"‘We’re thrilled about the arrival of the cub...in the past Dublin Zoo was very successful breeding African lions. It is now of great conservation importance that zoos maintain a viable population of critically endangered Asian lions.’
Dublin Zoo would like to invite the public to suggest a name for the new arrival based on his Asian origin.
Name suggestions will only be accepted hrough the Dublin Zoo Facebook Page.
Dublin Zoo, a not for profit organisation, is open seven days a week from 9.30am to 6pm.