Smithsonian Lion Cubs Receive Names

The seven lion cubs that were born this year at the National Zoo have been introduced to the public with their new names.

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Seven lion cubs born at the National Zoo are now sporting seven names. Just before the cubs made their debut in the lion yard, the Zoo announced their names: John, Fahari, Zuri, Lelie, Baruti, Aslan and Lusaka.
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The two litters are the result of years of careful research and observation and the first for the Zoo in more than 20 years. Both litters were sired by Luke, who was the Zoo’s sole male lion until the birth of the cubs.
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Although the National Zoo has managed lions in the past, it has been many years since it had the right combination of animals by age and gender to develop a pride.
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On Aug. 30 and 31, 5-year-old female lion Shera gave birth to a litter of four cubs.
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On September 17, the National Zoo's lion cubs received their first veterinary exam.
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The 2 boys and 1 girl cub were born on September 22 to 6-year-old mother, Nababiep, and 5-year-old father, Luke.
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The cubs got their first vaccination on October 14.
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Lions are considered vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as the result of climate change, hunting and habitat loss.
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On Nov. 1, Smithsonian's National Zoo veterinarians examined all seven of the Zoo's young lion cubs.
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Vet resident Judilee Marrow reports that all cubs appear to be healthy and are developing feisty personalities.
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On November 12, 2010, the Smithsonian's National Zoo's 7-week-old lion cubs took a swim test under the supervision of Great Cats curator Craig Saffoe and keepers Rebecca Stites and Kristen Clark.
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The Smithsonian's National Zoo's 8-week-old lion cubs took a swim test in the moat at the Great Cats Exhibit.
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On November 12, 2010, the Smithsonian's National Zoo's 7-week-old lion cubs took a swim test under the supervision of Great Cats curator Craig Saffoe and keepers Rebecca Stites and Kristen Clark.
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The Smithsonian's National Zoo's 8-week-old lion cubs took a swim test in the moat at the Great Cats Exhibit.
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Actors Georgie Henley and Skandar Keynes from the new motion picture Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader joined Zoo Director Dennis Kelly and lion keepers to name one of the Zoo’s seven lion cubs Aslan.
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To follow the Zoo’s progress in building a pride and now caring for the cubs, read the updates from the Zoo’s lion keepers and check for news on the Zoo’s Twitter feed and Facebook page.
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