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Four ROARSOME lion cubs and their role for their wild cousins

Four fierce and feisty felines were born between the evening of Sunday, 16 February and early on Monday, 17 February at Monarto Safari Park. The team captured the births of the cubs on camera which was amazing to see, and could also witness the little cubs stumbling over each other to find their Mum’s teets.

The new cubs will remain with mum Husani in an off-limits private den while the family bonds, before making their adorable debut in the near future. 

The fab four are an exciting addition to the Monarto family and are the lifeblood of new hope for the species which is currently listed as vulnerable by the IUCN.

While we are celebrating their safe arrival it is also a time for reflection. It is heartbreaking to know that the population of lions in the wild is in decline. It is therefore imperative that breeding programs like the one at Monarto Safari Park exist – they are pivotal to securing the future of this beautiful species.

New additions to the lion population are very precious, even more so as African lion populations are decreasing, due to trophy hunting, habitat loss, traditional medicine, and disease. There is an estimated 25,000 – 30,000 thought to be remaining in the wild. And with the ongoing support of visitors and members just like you, we are able to make a difference to lions in the world.  

To celebrate the arrival of our roarsome foursome, why not adopt our African lion pride today! Your support will help keep our new cubs happy and healthy.

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Safeguarding Lions from extinction

At Monarto Safari Park, we are home to one of Australia’s largest lion prides and are part of the international breeding program safeguarding this species from extinction. Any cubs born at Monarto Safari Park will play a significant role not only in our breeding program to bolster the insurance population for this vulnerable species but also as ambassadors for their species, acting as a powerful educational tool to shed light on the plight of their wild cousins.

We’re on a mission to save lions from extinction and that’s why we support 36 rangers to patrol the Sera Conservancy in Kenya to protect Lions and other African species. We are also raising valuable funds to safeguard lions in their native Zambia through our partnership with Painted Dog Conservation Inc supporting the Zambian Carnivore Program.

To support our crucial conservation work, click here to donate now or adopt our lions by clicking here.


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Every dollar you contribute makes a big difference in helping to save species from extinction, improving animal welfare and connecting people with nature. To learn more about us visit the Annual Report section of our website.

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About Zoos SA

Zoos SA is a not-for-profit conservation charity that exists to connect people with nature and save species from extinction. Zoos SA acknowledges the Country on which we stand always was, and always will be, Aboriginal land and we pay our deepest respect and gratitude to Kaurna (Adelaide Zoo) and Ngarrindjeri (Monarto Safari Park) Elders, past, present and emerging. We undertake critical conservation work throughout Australia and acknowledge the traditional custodians of these lands.

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