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Werribee Open Range Zoo

Meet the Lion Cubs

Come and meet the Lion cubs at Werribee Open Range Zoo!

Born on 13 December 2016 to mum Nairibi and dad Johari, the four cubs are starting to venture 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.

As the cubs continue to grow, these viewing times will be extended.


Viewing Times

Daily: 9.30am – 4.30pm

***Viewing times are subject to change on the day

Viewing times will be regularly updated on this page

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Beads for Wildlife

Lions are an iconic part of the African savannah, yet they are disappearing at an alarming rate. In the last two decades the population has decreased by 43% and it’s estimated that there may be as few as 20,000 Lions remaining in the wild.

Kenya is one of the last strongholds for the species and visitors to Zoos Victoria can help working to help protect wildlife in Northern Kenya through the community-based Beads for Wildlife program.

Find out more about Beads for Wildlife >


Watch cubs grow up…

Born on 13 December 2016, the four cubs 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.

At six weeks of age, Vets were able to complete their first health check and determine the sex of the cubs – two girls and two boys.

The cubs are now starting to explore their surroundings and are getting to know the rest of the pride.

The four 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 – names will be announced soon!


Our cubs have names!

From more than 1000 entries put forward by long-standing Zoo Members of five years or more, Zoo Keepers had the difficult task of whittling the list of names down to the final, African-inspired four.

The smallest female cub has been named Kibibi, which means ‘little lady’ in Swahili. Her sister has been named Aziza, which is also a Swahili word and means ‘precious’. Ndidi is the largest cub and his name means 'patience' in the Igbo language. His brother has been named Zuberi, which means 'strong' in Swahili, and is the perfect name for a little cub with an emerging big personality.

Come and meet the pride of our pride today!



The cubs are born >

Lion cubs at five weeks of age >

Cubs receive six-week health check >