Friday, December 11, 2009

Lion cubs at the Columbus Zoo and a new mystery species!

Here's an article from November 24th:

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio zoo is ready to show off its newest additions — a trio of lion cubs.

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium said that beginning Tuesday Kitambi (ki-TAHM'-bee) and his two sisters, Adia (AH'-dee-uh) and Mekita (meh-KEE'-tuh), were allowed to roam in an outdoor habitat.

The cubs were born Sept. 22 to first-time mother Asali (uh-SAH'-lee) and were the first African lion cubs born at the zoo in nearly a quarter century. Their father Tomo also lives at the zoo.

Kitambi was named by zoo staff, using the Swahili word for "pride" to reflect the cub's take-charge personality. The names for the two females came from winners of a name-the-cubs fundraising auction.

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Video from YouTube:

I also read this information on ZooChat:

Also, the Bornean Sun Bear from Seattle, Edwina, has finally arrived and so has our male Red River Hog. We anticipate the Polar Bears to arrive within a month (yes, we are getting Aurora and Anana from Pittsburgh). Still no word on what male we will be receiving or when. The Brown Bear boys will also be in their new home by the end of the year. We also added a non-releasable Hawksbill Turtle to Manatee Coast recently.

I'm also proud to announce Columbus has once again become the only zoo to house a very rare and special species (but you'll have to wait to find out what it is).

How very exciting!

Also, I promise to not make this blog solely about the Columbus Zoo, just give me some time and if you have any updates you would like to share feel free!