Give Giving a Go can exclusively report that two captive bred lion prides, living in a semi wild environment in Zimbabwe, have successfully produced five second generation cubs, which are now being raised independently by the pride without any human contact.
‘It is an exciting time; the first born cub is now two years old, so is classed as an independent member of the pride and she is thriving and acting like any wild-born lion’, said Helen Rennie, the Development Coordinator.
The success is part of the African Lion and Environmental Research Trust (ALERT) lion breeding project which aims to successfully release captive bred lions into the African Safari. The project has four stages of implementation and is currently nestled nicely at stage two. ‘When they are old enough, these cubs - and others like them born into the program - will be reintroduced into appropriate national parks and reserves’, continued Helen Rennie.