Friday, March 15, 2013

Cancel your weekend plans, zoo-goers! The lion cubs are waiting for you

Posted by: Caileigh Robertson, Communications



The cubs took to the heated rock in the exhibit. Photo by Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo.

Together, our four little felines have explored most every inch of their current exhibit space. They've rolled across each thick patch of grass, scaled all logs without hesitation, licked every crevice of the viewing glass, and now we think it’s time they move on to bigger, bolder adventures. Adventures that encompass their entire exhibit!

Now that the cubs are big enough and coordinated enough, they are safe to be near the moat in the exhibit. Photo by Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo.

Our animal management staff continues to keep watchful eyes on the spunky foursome. But at nearly five months old and nearly 50 pounds apiece, the cubs can run, jump, roll and roar safely in the spacious lion exhibit of our award-winning African Savanna. That means the fence has come down and they now have access beyond the smaller, moat-free yard where they first debuted.

With the run of the exhibit, the cubs' games of tag are now pretty epic. Photo by Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo.

And the best part for visitors? Because the viewing is no longer restricted to just the viewing shelter, there will no longer be a waiting line at the exhibit. Beginning Saturday, March 16, visitors will be able to watch the cubs from all viewpoints of the lion exhibit. The cubs will be given full range of the lion exhibit from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, weather permitting.

When not exploring all around, the cubs can often be found in a pile of adorableness. Photo by Dennis Dow/Woodland Park Zoo.

Don’t forget! We still need your help to name the cubs. The naming contest ends tonight at 5:00 p.m. PST, so act fast. Visit zoo.org/namethecubs to submit your entry and have a shot at taking home one of two grand prizes, including a private viewing for five at the lion exhibit with a zookeeper!

1 comment:

  1. Egad! A pile of adorableness. That just about sums it up.

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