Three Lions Cubs Move into Fort Worth Zoo's African Savannah

Cubs all born at a wildlife facility

By Frank Heinz
|  Thursday, Apr 19, 2012  |  Updated 7:13 PM CDT
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Jabulani, a boy, is joined by girls Saba and Abagebe at the Fort Worth Zoo's African Savannah exhibit.

Jabulani, a boy, is joined by girls Saba and Abagebe at the Fort Worth Zoo's African Savannah exhibit.

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Three young African lions are now calling the Fort Worth Zoo home.

Jabulani, a boy, is joined by girls Saba and Abagebe, in the zoo's African Savannah exhibit.  The unrelated lions range in age from 8 months to 15 months and were all born at a wildlife facility.

The lion's names, all African words, mean the following:

Jabulani - Come to bring happiness to everyone
Saba - The number seven
Abagebe - The one long expected

"The Fort Worth Zoo's wildlife partnerships are global, and the lions' unique genetic material will make them a valuable asset in the development of the country's captive African lion population. The Zoo has bred three successful African lion litters since 2004," the zoo said in a news release.

The three now join the zoo's 17-year-old male resident, Tsavo.

African lions are listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). A 2008 IUCN report showed that the wild population of African lions has dwindled 30 percent over the last two decades.

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