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

Cubs all born at a wildlife facility

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    (Published Thursday, April 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.