Monday 19 August 2019

Cubbing together: Lions get used to their new home

As green as grass: The four panthera leo persica cubs at Fota Wildlife Park, which is calling for help in naming them
As green as grass: The four panthera leo persica cubs at Fota Wildlife Park, which is calling for help in naming them
Rachel Farrell

Rachel Farrell

They're the pride of Cork - Fota Wildlife Park announced the birth of four Asian lion cubs to second-time parents.

The four panthera leo persica cubs, born to mother Gira and father Shanto, were born alongside a fifth cub who was stillborn.

The eight-week-old cubs join their parent's first litter who are now one-and-a-half years old - Amira, Arya and Loki - and aunt Gita in their specially designed habitat in Fota Wildlife Park.

Fota has called on members of the public to help name them. Entrants will be in with a chance to win one of four year-long conservation annual passes.

Lead ranger Kelly Lambe said that staff were "thrilled" with the latest arrivals.

"This species is endangered and now inhabits only one remaining site in the world - the Gir Forest, in India - which means that wildlife parks and zoos play a crucial role in safeguarding the species."

Irish Independent

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