4 June 2024

Naming our new arrivals 

To celebrate our three lion cubs born as part of the conservation breeding programme for Endangered Asiatic lions, Times Radio are giving one lucky winner the chance to win a one-year gold membership for a family of four to London and Whipsnade Zoo! 

London Zoo’s three lion cubs take their first steps outside

The gold package is for a family of two adults and up to four children, it includes unlimited visits to both London and Whipsnade Zoos for one year, an exclusive subscription to ZSL's Wild About magazine, 10% off in Zoo shops and restaurants and 10% off the animal experiences - and much more! You can see the full details and make your vote.

For the chance to win vote for the names you think are best for the new born lion cubs and register your details. One person will be selected at random from all valid entries. The competition closes 23:59 Thursday 13th June 2024. 18+, T&Cs apply. Good luck! 

Happy and Healthy

The healthy trio of two boys and a girl were born at the Zoo on the 13th of March 2024 to seven-year-old mum Arya, and 14-year-old dad Bhanu. The 12-week-old trio are doing "incredibly well" said Zookeeper Kathryn Sanders, who was delighted after their first major health check. 

Lion cubs Heidi and Indi first time outside in paddock at London Zoo

The three Asiatic lion cubs have been spotted exploring outside with mum Arya, after their first vaccinations. Head vet Amanda Guthrie said "their first health checks and vaccinations are really important allowing us to assess their progress and boost their young immune system" 

Zookeepers monitoring the trio have since seen all three of the strong young cubs hit their developmental milestones. The young lions have already developed very sharp claws and feisty personalities. 

Lioness with a cub London Zoo - Arya
Lion cub at London Zoo
Visit now to catch sight of Arya and the cubs

LionTrust at London Zoo

Asiatic lioness Arya gets her paws on a papier-mâché globe

Our Asiatic lion cubs are an incredibly important addition to the conservation breeding programme. The wild population is thought to be just 600 to 700 individuals, adding three to that number is a significant increase and a great conservation achievement. Through the help of ZSL's corporate partner LionTrust who have gathered name suggestions for the cubs from school children across the UK, which are now options on the public vote.

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