NEWS — 06 August 2014
Dublin Zoo's new arrival

Dublin Zoo’s cute new arrival 

By Shelley Marsden

Dublin Zoo is asking public to name male Asian lion cub based on his origins

The new arrival, to first-time mum Zuri, “experienced dad” Kumar is being celebrated at Dublin Zoo.

Dublin Zoo team leader Ciarán McMahon said: “We’re thrilled about the arrival of the cub. He has a wonderfully playful and curious personality.”

McMahon added: “It’s lovely to see Zuri taking to her role as a new mum so well and Kumar is as cool and calm as ever. At two months old he [the cub] now weighs an estimated 6.6kg.

“In the past, Dublin Zoo was very successful breeding African lions. It is now of great conservation importance that zoos maintain a viable population of critically endangered Asian lions.”

Less than 350 Asian lions exist in the wild.

Dublin Zoo now would like members of the public to suggest a name for the arrival, based on his Asian origin. You can send in your suggestion at

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