Pink notebook in Pairi Daiza: two lion cubs, Albi and Leo, are born

“The Pairi Daiza teams have the immense joy of announcing the birth of Albi and Leo, two male lion cubs”, announces the animal park in a press release. “Conceived and born naturally, the babies and their mother Kira are doing well.”

It was on the morning of February 20 that the trainers and the Pairi Daiza veterinarian attended the birth of Kira, the 11-year-old lioness. The cubs, whose birth weight was estimated at around 500 grams each, have since been closely monitored and kept away from their mothers.

Benoit Bouchez

As in nature where the lioness first raises her young away from the group and then gradually integrates them from the 2nd month. 80 days after their birth, the brothers and the mother are now ready to share the external territory with their father, Kenya, 9 years old.

Baptized Albi and Leo by their caregivers, the two lion cubs weigh 7 kg each. Tim Bouts, Pairi Daiza veterinarian: “From the first moments, the female was extremely protective of her litter. The cubs are eating well and have received the necessary care. They have good motor skills. We maintain, with the whole team, a sustained attention but we intervene as little as possible to let nature take its course”.

Benoit Bouchez

From this weekend, visitors will be able to observe Albi and Leo with their parents in their inner territory located in “The Land of Origins”, the world of Pairi Daiza which evokes the landscapes and customs of Africa.

The lion was once one of the most widespread large carnivores in the world, but in the last 200 years up to 90% of the population has disappeared. The birth of Albi and Léo places this species in the spotlight.

Lions residing among humans are true ambassadors of their peers in the wild. Their presence acts as a lever for making visitors aware of the preservation of biodiversity. Lions are, in fact, classified as “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and their numbers are tending to decrease.

Victims of trophy hunting and the reduction of their territories for the benefit of human activities, there would remain less than 25,000 individuals in Africa. Animal parks therefore have a crucial role to play in the conservation of endangered species.

By preserving the genetic capital of lions within the framework of conservation programs, animal parks reduce the risk of extinction of the species.

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