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An adventurer, a momma’s boy, and a hunter.
That’s how zookeepers are describing three lion cubs born at the Honolulu Zoo.
Many are jumping for joy the lion cubs are out at play for the public to see.
“I love them,” said Gylan Fox, visitor from Kentucky.
“They are so fluffy,” said Pepper Fox.
The two girls and one boy cub born at the Honolulu Zoo in December to mom, Moxy and dad Ekundu, are letting their curiosity run wild.
“This is the first litter that we’ve had successfully since almost forty years – the 70s,” said Robert Porec, Honolulu Zoo Keeper.
At four months old now these cubs are still drinking mothers milk but zoo officials have recently started giving them solid food.”
“Eventually these cubs will be sent off to other zoos for other breeding programs. We don’t know right know where they will go, it will all be determined by genetics” added Porec.
Lions are considered to be a vulnerable species with about 325 in captivity.
“In the wild there’s approximately 21-35,000 lions left in the wild in the world and that’s down about 50% over the last 30-40 years,” shared Porec.
Typically it will be two years before Moxy and Ekundu might breed again. In the meantime, the cubs will get to play with their dad for the first time in the next coming weeks.
“It’s a slow process in that we are kind of mirroring the wild, in the wild a mother would give birth away from her pride and then she would bring the cubs back to the pride,” said Porec.
“It’s so wonderful for everyone to get a chance to see what it’s like in the wild. I hope it’s around for all the generations that are coming that everyone gets a chance to see,” said Ryan Fox, a visitor from Kentucky.
Saturday morning Mayor Kirk Caldwell will announce the winners of the name the lion cubs contest at the zoo.