A litter of four male African Lion cubs born at Taronga Western Plains Zoo on November 19 is out of the den and playing outside.  The yet-to-be-named cubs are doing very well under the watchful eye of their mother Maya and are developing on schedule.  This is the second litter of cubs for Maya and her mate Lazarus.  Their last litter was born in February 2015. 

Lion cubs spend most of their day playing which is serious business for baby lions. Lion cubs play by stalking each other, playing hide and seek and wrestling with each other.  With this they develop vital skills that they will use later in life when they have to hunt for themselves. 

Newborn cubs weigh between 1.2–2.1 kg (2.6–4.6 lb) and are blind when born. Weaning occurs after six or seven months. As they get older their weight doubls and triples so by the time they are 1 they weigh about 50 pounds. Male and female lions reach maturity at about three years of age and at four to five years Males are capable of challenging and displacing adult males associated with another pride. Adult females weigh 118.37–143.52 kg (261.0–316.4 lb) and adult males weigh 186.55–225 kg (411.3–496.0 lb). In either case they begin to age and weaken at between 10 and 15 years of age at the latest. In the wild the lifespan of lions is approximately 15 years, however in captivity it can be as long as 30 years.

Do Lions Eat Their Cubs?

Wild male lions will also typically chase off any male cubs when they grow up to ensure they are alone with the pride lionesses. Sometimes the lions will kill cubs – usually when they take over new territory from another pride – to stake their claim on the females.

Why Do Female Lions Leave The Pride To Give Birth?

The researchers said female lions, which also hunt together, avoid another behaviour practised by females of some other species: they do not kill the offspring of other females. Female lions leave the pride to give birth to their young and do not return until the cubs are several weeks old.

How Many Months Is A Lion Pregnant?

The gestation period is about 108 days, and the litter size varies from one to six cubs, two to four being usual.

How Much Do The Cubs Weigh?

Naba’s litter weighs about 55 pounds, Desta being a bit larger than her sister, Eva. Shera’s cubs weigh about 40 pounds on average, but Chisulo weighs the most at 44 pounds!

At What Age Do The Cubs Become Too Large To Handle?

We are usually hands-off with the cubs by 4 months of age. By this time, the cubs protest being handled by keepers and by their mothers. They are also beginning to show an interest meat and are willing to participate in short training sessions. One of the first things they learn to walk onto the scale for a meatball reward so that we no longer have to carry them onto the scale outselves.

Are Lion Cubs Born Dead?

No, clubs are born alive but Cubs can die from starvation and abandonment, and predation by leopards, hyenas and wild dogs. Up to 80% of lion cubs will die before the age of two. Both male and female lions may be ousted from prides to become nomads, although most females usually remain with their birth pride.

Why Are Lion Cubs So Cute?

During evolution, cute cubs had a better chance of growing up and passing on their genes, because their older relatives cared better for them. This also shows that the taste of lions regarding cuteness is very similar to ours.

What Enrichment Do You Give The Cubs?

Before the cubs began receiving access to the yard, the cubs enjoyed playing with plastic balls, catnip balls, rope toys, and even pinecones and logs that we brought in from the yard. Now that the cubs are going out, the yard itself provides the cubs with tons of enrichment opportunities. Everything is so new and exciting to them. They love to play with the fallen tree branches and twigs, enjoy scratching the tree logs and climbing on the stumps. There are new smells all around them outside. They even had their first encounter with a resident snake!

Soon we’ll start to introduce them to hay-stuffed burlap sacks and cardboard boxes. These items may not sound thrilling, but lions love the shred these items apart and play tug-of-war with them.

We’d like to give a special “thank you” to the folks who donated to the Enrichment Giving Tree as part of #ZooEnrichment week. Thanks to your generosity, our lion cubs (and all the Zoo’s animals) have their pick of toys to play with!

Are They Eating Solid Food?

The cubs started sampling their mothers’ diets when they were about 2.5 months old. They now chow down an 11 pound feast of ground beef, communally, seven days a week. They also receive cow bones to chew on twice each week. Soon, they will be introduced to whole prey.

Have The Cubs Started Training?

Now that the cubs are eating meat enthusiastically, we have begun their training. The first training challenge was shifting inside when called. The cubs have now learned that there is a wonderful food reward for coming inside when called. With repetition, they have become conditioned to approach the shift door when called.

Additionally we are working on basic behaviors such as target, sit, lay down, and walk onto a scale. As they progress, the cubs will also learn to present their paws for paw pad inspection, open their mouths for inspection with a flashlight, and position their bodies for hand-injected vaccinations.

How Many Months Is A Lion Pregnant?

How many months is a lion pregnant? The gestation period is about 108 days, and the litter size varies from one to six cubs, two to four being usual.

Do Lions Eat Their Cubs?

Wild male lions will also typically chase off any male cubs when they grow up to ensure they are alone with the pride lionesses. Sometimes the lions will kill cubs – usually when they take over new territory from another pride – to stake their claim on the females.

How Much Does A Male Lion Cub Weigh?

First litters are often only 1 or 2. Litters of 6 have been reported in several eastern states. Birth Weight: Cubs weigh 1/2 to 1 pound at birth. Fall Weight of Cubs: By their first fall, cubs may weigh as little as 15 pounds or more than 165 pounds, depending on food supply.

What Do Lions Eat?

The lion babies start to eat meat at about three months and are weaned at about six months.

Because lions are carnivores, they will eventually only eat meat as they grow up. 

They are known as apex predators which means they are at the top of the food chain.

How Many Babies Does A Lion Have?

How many cubs does a female lion typically have and when are they weaned? Females typically have litters of two or three cubs. Cubs are usually weaned by the age of eight months.

Do Male Lions Mate With Their Daughters?

Male Lions and Cubs

A lioness will defend her cubs, but male lions are twice the size of females. If her cubs are killed, the female will enter another estrus cycle, and the new pride leader will mate with her.

How Much Is A Lion Cub?

How much does a baby lion cub cost? On average, a lion cub will cost anywhere from $1,500 to as much as $15,000. The rarer the breed, the more you are going to have to plan on spending. On various exotic pet classified websites we found online, the average listing was $600 to $2,000, for example.

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