The cubs came from the Royal Family of Qatar. The trio, made up of males, Tsavo and Enzi, and female, Sabi, were born last June and will likely only live at Denver Zoo temporarily until permanent homes are determined. Weather permitting; visitors can see the triplet cubs in Predator Ridge during the next few months of their temporary stay.
This is the first time Denver Zoo has had lion cubs since 2006. The trio was donated by Sheik Khalid Hamad Al Thani, son of Qatar's ruling emir. He received the cubs' parents as a gift from the country of Sudan a few years ago.
The lions bred and the female died after a difficult birth. With the lion family having doubled in size, the sheik contacted zoos in the United States that could better meet the needs of this lion pride, and Denver turned out to be the perfect fit.
The cubs will reside at Denver Zoo until they are larger and their long-term plan has been determined. The zoo's Predator Ridge exhibit is already home to six adult lions, three males and three females.
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