The City of Saskatoon is pleased to announce the birth of two lion cubs at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo. Cooey, the female lion on loan from Ontario, gave birth to one male and one female cub on September 24, 2011. Both cubs are doing well, gaining weight, and are currently being raised by their mother under the observation of Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo staff.
“We are thrilled to have lion cubs born at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo,” said John Moran, Manager of the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo.
Due to the timing of the birth, the cubs will not be on public (or media) display in the PotashCorp Ark Exhibit until spring 2012.
“It’s important to allow the cubs to grow and mature before exposing them to the outdoor exhibit,” said Moran.
The Zoo will update the public on the progress of the cubs with pictures throughout the fall and winter months on the City of Saskatoon’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/saskatooncitynews.
Lions, known for their strength and courage, are a species at risk due to their depleting numbers over the past 20 years. As the second largest living member of the cat family, they can be easily identified by their magnificent manes and tan bodies. Lions are the most social of the cats, living in prides comprised of one to two males and up to a dozen related females and their young.
Forestry Farm gates are open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (October 1 to April 14), and the Zoo is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (September 6 to April 30).
For information on admission rates and other interesting things to see at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo, visit www.saskatoon.ca and look under “S” for Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo.
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Manager, Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo