NC Zoo welcomes four lion cubs

Mekita and her newborn lion cubs are secluded in a den at the North Carolina Zoo's lion exhibit. (NC Zoo)

Mekita and her newborn lion cubs are secluded in a den at the North Carolina Zoo’s lion exhibit. (NC Zoo)

ASHEBORO, N.C. — The North Carolina Zoo is roaring with excitement, as a lion has given birth at the zoo for the first time since Oct. 2006.

The NC Zoo’s female lion Mekita and male lion Reilly welcomed four cubs on July 30.

Mekita and her cubs are doing well, but they will not be on exhibit until the fall. The cubs will remain at the North Carolina Zoo for the next year.

“Male cubs don’t stay with their father,” explains Jennifer Ireland,an Animal Management Supervisor looking after lions at the North Carolina Zoo. “In the wild, male cubs leave the pride they are born into. In addition many AZA zoos are looking for lions, so our new cubs will eventually go to a new home.”

The staff will celebrate World Lion Day from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at the zoo’s lion exhibit. There will be games and crafts, and Zookeepers will be on hand to educate visitors about lions and talk about the zoo’s newborn cubs.

 

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