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4 Lion Cubs Born at National Zoo

At the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, DC a female lion gave birth to four cubs. The staff was excited by the births because they want to carefully expand their lion group from the three adults currently living there. Some months ago, another newborn cub had died from an infection, so it was very welcome news when four new ones arrived.

The zoo’s director, Dennis Kelly said, “These cubs symbolize hope for the Zoo and for conservation programs. They will help build healthy, genetically diverse populations and contribute greatly to their species’ survival.” (Source: National Zoo)  There is concern that not all the four newborns will survive, and the staff are watching them very closely. You can follow the lion cubs progress on the zoo’s site, or on their Facebook page.

Wild lions in Africa are considered vulnerable. Their population dropped by about 50 percent since the 1950s. Habitat loss and hunting killed many. A disease called distemper also caused many to perish. It is possible with climate change, even more lions will die as drought causes the disease to spread more quickly.

Image Credit: Robin Hunter

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6:15AM PDT on Jun 2, 2011

Thanks for the article.

5:43PM PST on Mar 8, 2011

They are so tiny!

7:28AM PDT on Sep 16, 2010

Thanks for the article

9:27PM PDT on Sep 14, 2010

loving mom with her tiny kitties. I dont like zoos but these days I feel these days that is the only place where at least a few can survive.

11:50AM PDT on Sep 14, 2010

Aww! :D

11:12AM PDT on Sep 14, 2010

Thanks for sharing.

3:44AM PDT on Sep 11, 2010

Great news! May their tribe increase.

11:35AM PDT on Sep 8, 2010

Not fond of zoos, but I guess if they can't live int he wild due to jerks hunting them into extinction, then what other choice do they have? Glad for the birth of the cubs though. :-)

3:48PM PDT on Sep 7, 2010

i agree with marilyn d...she said it for me....very good news!

9:46AM PDT on Sep 7, 2010

Thanks, that is great news.

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