New in the zoo: Meet Joburg zoo's adorable trio of lion cubs

By Kirstin Buick
27 August 2014

Meet Letaba, Sabi and Jubba, the latest additions to the Johannesburg Zoo.

Three lion cubs have made their debut this month, pouncing their way into a large enclosure.

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Their arrival heralds the zoo's new generation of lions, who haven't bred there in five years.

Male white lion Letaba and his two sisters Sabi and Jubba were born in April at a private game farm. They arrived at the zoo in July and were cared for in quarantine until recently. Letaba is the only sibling with a rare white coat inherited from his parents' recessive genes.

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"Letaba the male white lion and his sisters Sabi and Jubba nervously checked out their new home staying close to the hospital nurses," the zoo announced on their Facebook page after introducing the cubs to their new home.

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"Letaba the bravest of the three eventually led the way around the enclosure, discovering the toys and play equipment."

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Agnes Maluleke, who is responsible for the management of the big cats at the zoo, in a northern Johannesburg suburb, says the new additions are exciting.

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The zoo says it has seven adult lions that have all surpassed their natural life expectancy.

- Kirstin Buick & Sapa

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