Lion Cubs Debut at Naples Zoo

Release: Lion Cubs Debut at Naples Zoo

From Courtney Jolly, Naples Zoo Director of Marketing and PR                                                      

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Lion Cubs Debut at Naples Zoo

July 29, 2019. Naples, Florida. Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is excited to announce that the lion cubs will make their grand debut to the public on Wednesday, July 31st. 

After a community supported naming contest, the cubs have been named Karoo (Ka-roo), Ruaha (Ru-ah-ha), and Chobe (Cho-bee), after three national parks in South Africa. The cubs are thriving and the introduction to their father, Masamba (Mah-som-bah), went very well. Naples Zoo is excited to invite the community out to meet lion cubs for the first time in over 30 years.

The cubs were born on May 14th to first time mother, 13-year-old Shani (Shaw-nee). Shani and her mate, 11-year-old Masamba, were specifically matched by the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Species Survival Plan® (SSP). The SSP is a cooperatively managed breeding program that works to create sustainable populations of threatened and endangered species.


African lions are classified as vulnerable to extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.  Overall lion numbers continue to decline due to illegal hunting, reductions in prey populations, and habitat loss.

To follow the Zoo’s progress in caring for the cubs, check for news on the Zoo’s Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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About Naples Zoo Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization cooperating in conservation programs for endangered species locally and around the world. Admission includes a full day of interactive presentations, Meet-The-Keeper talks and a wild cruise through islands of monkeys, lemurs, and apes.  ($22.95 adults age 13+/ $14.95 children 3 to 12, under 3 free.) Zoo memberships and discount tickets are available online at Naples Zoo is open daily from 9:00 to 5:00 and is located in the heart of Naples at 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road across from the Coastland Center mall.  For more, click, follow them at or call (239) 262-5409.




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