The San Antonio Zoo is excited to announce the birth of three African Lion cubs born on Saturday, July 25, 2015. First time parents, "Tau" and "Sarabi", came to the Zoo in November 2013 from Wildlife Safari in Winston, Oregon.
"Sarabi" started showing signs of impending labor early Saturday, and the first cub was born a little after 8:00 p.m. The cubs will be spending the next few weeks inside a custom made den with mom to give them time to bond. Sarabi is already proving to be a wonderful mother, and we are cautiously optimistic for all three cubs. Guest viewing via a monitor outside the Lion House will soon be available.
African lions are found in most countries of sub-Saharan Africa, and they are the most social of the cat species. Their population in the wild has decreased 42 percent in the past 21 years.
The San Antonio Zoo, along with other Association of Zoos and Aquariums institutions, participate in the Species Survival Plans and track the genetic make-up and breeding of animals. This process works to keep species thriving in captivity as the populations are often declining in the wild.
The Baby BOOM continues at YOUR San Antonio Zoo!
We recently had several hatchlings and births across several species.
The Reptile Department welcomed a clutch of Asian Horned Viper hatchlings. These snakes are considered to be rare and are listed as near threatened. This clutch is the first-ever to be bred in North America.
We also welcomed clutches of newborn Banded Rock Rattlesnakes and Tamaulipan Rock Rattlesnakes. Last week, we celebrated the birth of five baby African Hyrax. These small mammals are often mistaken for rodents, but they are actually more closely related to elephants.