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

Cubs all born at a wildlife facility

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    Jabulani, a boy, is joined by girls Saba and Abagebe at the Fort Worth Zoo's African Savannah exhibit. (Published Thursday, Apr 19, 2012)

    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.