Lion cubs spotted in Liuwa after 10 years

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Zambia - Two lion cubs have been spotted in Liuwa National Park, Zambia, after a dearth of over 10 years without any newborn cubs.

Africa Geographic reported the sighting in late January 2014, indicating that the cubs are born to the protégé of Lady Liuwa, the nine-year solitary lioness who became famous for being the sole survivor of massive poaching and illegal trophy hunting that eradicated her species in the 1990s.

The emotional scaring of what lady Liuwa had to endure, shone through her in her protégé’s over protective act of hiding her cubs in thick bushes, making them nearly impossible to sight.

The father of the cubs is reportedly the last male lion in the park, who returned from Angola, where his own companion was shot dead by villagers.

Liuwa Park Manager, Raquel Filgueiras told Africa Geographic that they were overjoyed to have sighted the cubs and will closely monitor the new offspring to minimise threats to them. She concluded that the birth of the cubs will help safeguard the future of lions in Liuwa and strengthen the park’s tourism offering; stating that it is an event in which all stakeholders including ZAWA, the BRE (Barotse Royal Establishment), the Liuwa communities and the park itself can be proud of.

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