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Five adorable lion cubs join Taronga Zoo’s pride

Five African lion cubs – three females and two males - have made their public debut at Sydney's Taronga zoo.

Five adorable lion cubs join Taronga Zoo’s pride

It’s the first time in 18 years a litter has been born at the site.

The cubs who are now 12-weeks-old have taken their first steps into their new home under the watchful eye of their mother, Maya.

Supporters of the zoo have helped pick the names for the three female cubs, given the Swahili names Malika (‘like a queen’), Zuri (‘beautiful’) and Ayanna (‘beautiful flower’).

The public was involved in choosing the name of the male cub, Khari, which means ‘like a king’ while the last male cub was named Luzuko (‘glory’) by the keepers.

The cubs, who arrived mid-August, are healthy, inquisitive and growing every day says the Zoo keepers. The hungry cubs are now weighing in between 11 to 13kg each.

This is the first time there has ever been a full pride in the African Savannah at Taronga Zoo Sydney.

“Our guests are going to be in for a real treat every time they come to visit and see the cubs – with so many milestones on the horizon, no two visits will be the same,” says Taronga Zoo Sydney carnivore unit supervisor Louise Ginman.

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