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Sunday, September 4, 2011

So adorable! Baby lions get vaccinated at S'pore Zoo

Three lion cubs were born to Night Safari's resident lions, Khapat and Amba on March 21, 2011. Wildlife Reserves Singapore shares pictures of these adorable cubs getting their booster injections.

The tawny three-month-olds were declared healthy after a mandatory vaccination against respiratory and systemic infections. Their first health check took place two months after they were born on 21 March 2011.

The Asian lion is a unique subspecies that splits from the African lion. It is smaller in size and sports a less significant mane compared to its African cousin.

Through Night Safari’s captive breeding programme, Wildlife Reserves Singapore hopes to be able to increase the number of Asian lions both in the wild and in captivity.

Most of the wild Asian lion population is found in India’s Gir Forest, a protected santuary where about 300 of these magnificent animals roam. There are an additional 60 of them living in zoos.

Under the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN), they are listed as ‘endangered’. One of the problems faced by the Asian lion in the wild is in-breeding which has resulted in weaker individuals.

To date, Night Safari has successfully bred seven Asian lion cubs in captivity.


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