The National Zoo in Washington D.C. is host to seven lion cubs! The first four lion cubs were born to lioness Shera on August 31 while the second three cubs were born to Shera’s sister Naba on September 22. The cubs made their public debut at the zoo late last week and can now be seen outside everyday around 12:30 pm for about an hour, weather permitting.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the lion cubs from when they were first born to their public debut in the video below:
You can also catch live footage of the lion cubs using the National Zoo’s Lion Cub Cam. (If you don’t want to sign up for their e-newsletter, click the red X on the top right of the video box. You may also need to install a plugin depending on what browser you’re using.)
In captivity, these endangered leopards usually give in to murderous tendencies during the breeding process. Either the male will kill the female when placed together to mate, or if mating is successful, the mother leopard will kill her cubs accidentally or intentionally.
But yesterday, caretakers discovered the two cubs with Jao Chu, the mother leopard. The babies will be hand raised by zookeepers to guarantee their safety and survival.
In the wild, clouded leopards are native to southeast Asia. Their population has dwindled due to hunting for their pelts.
The National Zoo in Washington, DC has announced the birth of a female dama gazelle. The female joins her mother and several others at the zoo. In the wild, the dama gazelle is critically endangered with only 500 left in the world.