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Lion cubs make their debut

20 February 2017

Werribee Open Range Zoo’s four ten-week old Lion cubs will make their debut this week.

Born on 13 December 2016, the youngsters spent the first few critical weeks with mum Nairibi in the privacy of a special nesting den, with staff monitoring the new family via CCTV cameras.

As of Tuesday 21 February the four cubs will start venturing out on public display with Nairibi for short periods during the day.

Like all babies, the cubs will need their rest and Keepers have asked for visitors’ patience as they move into the dens to rest and feed.

At this stage staff expect that there will a morning viewing each day, but times may vary due to the cubs’ need to rest and to spend time in the dens getting to know the rest of the pride, including sixteen-month-old half-brothers, Kubwa, Kashka and Kito.

Visitors are encouraged check the latest viewing times and updates at

The four cubs (two female and two male cubs) will be named by some of Victoria’s most passionate conservationists – long-standing Zoo Members who have been a member with Zoos Victoria for five years or more.

During the last few days Keepers have been closely monitoring the cubs as they start to explore their new surroundings.

They are very curious, climbing up over the rocks and logs, wrestling with one another and pouncing on mum’s tail. Nairibi already has her paws full, in trying to keep everyone together and make sure that they don’t stray too far!

Like most babies, it doesn’t take long before the cubs are ready for a sleep, but as they grow, they will start to spend more time out exploring.

African Lions are in real trouble with just 20,000 Lions left in the wild.

Visitors to Werribee Open Range can help make a difference for wildlife in Northern Kenya through the community-based, Beads for Wildlife program.