Denver Zoo’s lion cubs pounce into public view

Visitors to Denver Zoo can now see two eight-week-old lion cubs, Razi (which is Swahili for “secret”) and Zuri (which is Swahili for “beautiful”) on exhibit to in “Pahalli Ya Mwana,” the maternity den habitat in the Predator Ridge exhibit at Denver Zoo. Born August 2, the cubs have been bonding behind the scenes with their mother, a lioness named Baby.

The two African lion cubs recently were given a clean bill of health from zoo veterinarians after their first wellness checkup and immunization shots at the Denver Zoo’s hospital. Zoo vets also weighed the cubs during the exam. Razi weighed 18.3 pounds; Zuri weighed 16.7 pounds

The two cubs, are lionesses, Baby, and male, Krueger‘s second litter together; Baby and Krueger are also the parents of ten-month old cub, Asali. Baby gave birth to Asali, her first cub, less than a year ago and despite zookeepers’ best efforts, after about three weeks of caring for Asali, Baby lost interest and the cub and quit nursing. This time around zookeepers are very pleased with the how Baby is doing, and say she is a very protective mother.

Krueger and Baby are both eight-year-old African lions on breeding loan to Denver Zoo from Columbus Zoo as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP). The newborn cubs are highly valued in North America for their genetic uniqueness.

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