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Published on Feb 1, 2008
It was raining lions at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park Thursday. Two lionesses and seven cubs tumbled, pounced and explored their surroundings as they made their public debut on a cloud-filled morning at Lion Camp. Four cubs were born to 4-year-old Oshana on Nov. 2 followed by three cubs on Nov. 6 to her 4-year-old sister Mina. A month later the two groups were introduced and instantly became one big happy pride. "The cubs behaved as if they had always been one pride and extremely vigorous play began immediately," said Marcia Redding, San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park senior keeper. "Mina and Oshana greeted each other with friendly vocalizations and set off to check out each other's cubs and dens." The pride will be seen in the mornings daily and are identified by shave markings on their bodies. Keepers hope to introduce the father of the cubs, Izu, into the group once the cubs have acclimated to savannah habitat. For more information on the cubs' progress visit the www.wildanimalpark.org to read blogs posted by Lion Camp keepers and to read about other Park happenings. The 1,800-acre San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park (more than half of which has been set aside as protected native species habitat) is operated by the not-for-profit Zoological Society of San Diego. The Zoological Society, dedicated to the conservation of endangered species and their habitats, engages in conservation and research work around the globe. The Zoological Society also manages the 100-acre San Diego Zoo and the center for Conservation and Research for Endangered Species (CRES). The important conservation and science work of these entities is supported in part by the Foundation for the Zoological Society of San Diego.