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What do you think about visiting the Denver Zoo?

From: Julie
Sent on: Friday, December 7, 2012 8:05 AM

I get this question a lot.  People will say that zoos do so much in field research and to promote conservation in the wild.  But, in reality, the number of zoos and the amount of conservation projects in the wild they support is statistically very, very tiny. Studies are showing that there’s very little crossover between what people learn at some of the better zoos, in terms of conservation, and how they incorporate this in their lives.


The story of these 3 lion cubs that just arrived at Denver Zoo – coincidentally in time for the holiday push for visitors – is a great example of what your ticket to the zoo really buys. Read what these 3 have already been through, and they’re not even 6 months old yet.


If you’d like to delve more into the subject, there’s a great book written by Alan Green called “Animal Underworld – Inside America’s Black Market for Rare and Exotic Species”


Denver Zoo welcomes trio of lion cubs on loan from Qatar

POSTED:   12/06/[masked]:24:26 PM MST
UPDATED:   12/06/[masked]:44:24 PM MST

By The Denver Post

Visitors to the Denver Zoo's Predator Ridge exhibit can view three lion cubs on loan from the royal family of Qatar during the next few months. The trio, made up of males Tsavo and Enzi and female Sabi, were born June 24. (Courtesy of Charlotte Bassin, Denver Zoo)

(Charlotte Bassin, Denver Zoo)

Christmas is for the young, and the royal family of Qatar has given the Denver Zoo quite a gift this season: triplet lion cubs who will turn 6 months old on Christmas Eve.

Brothers Tsavo and Enzi and their sister, Sabi, are on display in the zoo's Predator Ridge exhibit until a permanent home for them can be determined, the Denver Zoo said Thursday.

Their stay in Denver is expected to last at least a few months.

Sheik Khalid bin Hamad Al Thani, son of Qatar's ruling emir, received the triplets' parents as a gift from the country of Sudan a few years ago. They bred, and the mother died from complications afterward,

(Charlotte Bassin, Denver Zoo)

the zoo said.

The sheik asked zoos in the United States for help to better care for the cubs. The Denver Zoo became home to the royal family partly because its curator of large mammals, Hollie Colahan, also serves as coordinator for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Lion Species Survival Plan for lions placed in North American zoos.

Predator Ridge has six adult lions, of which three are males, but these are the first lion cubs to live in the exhibit since 2006, the zoo said.

Lions are endangered in west and central Africa, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The kings of the jungle have lost 80 percent of their historic range, and fewer than 30,000 are left in the wild, the Denver Zoo said.

The Denver Zoo boasts about 3,800 animals and 650 species.

(Charlotte Bassin, Denver Zoo)

Read more:Denver Zoo welcomes trio of lion cubs on loan from Qatar - The Denver Post
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