BUFFALO, N.Y. – A New York zoo has welcomed a new African lion cub, its first cub to be born there in 25 years.
The Buffalo Zoo introduced the nearly 8-week-old male to the media Wednesday.
Zoo President Donna Fernandes says it was one of four cubs born to Lelie and Tiberius on March 5 but the only one to survive past the first couple of days. Fernandes says it’s common for entire litters born to first-time mother lions to die.
The new unnamed cub won’t be seen in the lion exhibit for some time, but the zoo plans to post pictures and video to social media.
The U.S. Fish Wildlife Service classifies African lions as endangered because of loss of habitat and poaching.