Buffalo Zoo To Introduce Three African Lion Cubs
This weekend’s public debut of a trio of African Lion Cubs born earlier this year the Buffalo Zoo is expected to generate a lift in attendance at the city destination.
The three cubs — one male and two females — will join Tobias, another African Lion Cub born at the zoo in its “Big Cats” lion exhibit beginning August 6. At that time, the zoo will announce the names of the cubs, which is the subject of an online contest.
The cuddly, playful cubs are generating a buzz, said Donna Fernandes, Buffalo Zoo president and CEO.
“It does make a difference,” Fernandes said. “It give us a spike for the rest of the summer and fall.”
Fernandes said a combination of factors including the debut of the cubs along with continued interest in the year-old Arctic Edge exhibit and better-than-expected spring and summer weather should collectively contribute to the zoo seeing more than 500,000 come through its gates this year. Last year, the zoo welcomed 487,000 visitors.
“In a way, it’s hard to contain our excitement,” Fernandes said.
African Lion Cubs are listed as endangered species by U.S. Fish & Wildlife and vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature because of poachers and other factors.
That four cubs were born at the Buffalo Zoo is considered a rare event.
“It does highlight our role in conservation,” Fernandes said.
Roar Logistics has signed as the “Big Cats” exhibit sponsor.
Supporting the zoo was an easy ask, said Robert Rich III, Roar president.
“One of the pillars of our community is the zoo,” Rich said.
As for sponsoring the lions, Rich said it ties with his company’s name.
“It seemed to make sense,” Rich said, “Plus, this is a unique way to help bring attention to the zoo. It’s cool tie in.”