The Circle Of Life: Four Adorable Lion Cubs Born At Monarto Safari Park
The roarsome foursome was born between Sunday evening and Monday morning at South Australia's Monarto Safari Park.
Staff said first-time mum Husani is doing a fantastic job and the cubs are thriving.
"It's very exciting to see Husani with her litter. We're so proud of how she's taken to caring for her young," Assistant Curator Anna Bennett said.
"At this early stage we are giving the new family complete privacy, and only monitoring developments through a webcam in the den."
While the new family bonds, staff and the public will have to wait to find out if the cubs are females or males.
Six-year-old Husani was born at Monarto Safari Park herself in 2013.
"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," Bennett said.
African lion populations are decreasing, due to trophy hunting, habitat loss, traditional medicine and disease -- leaving about 25,000-30,000 individuals remaining in the wild.
"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," Bennett said.
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