Lion cubs at Honolulu Zoo to make public debut in one month

Updated: Jan. 31, 2013 at 4:02 PM HST
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Image: The Honolulu Zoo
Image: The Honolulu Zoo

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The lion cubs at the Honolulu Zoo are growing up fast. They are almost six weeks old now and weigh 14 pounds each, which animal experts say is fairly large compared to cubs living in the wild.

The young lions will be ready for public viewing in about a month, zoo officials say. Until then, the public is invited to view the cubs on a closed circuit monitor at the Honolulu Zoo. Four cameras are watching their every move.

The cubs were born to the zoo's lioness, Moxy, on Dec. 15.  The four-year-old lioness was obtained through a breeding loan with New York's Bronx Zoo in November 2010, coordinated through Species Survival Program (SSP) guidelines.

Her mate, Ekundu, or "Red" in Swahili, arrived in Honolulu on July 1, 2010 from the San Diego Wildlife Park. Ekundu is five years old and also part of a breeding loan program governed by SSP.

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