Reports of three Barbary lion cubs being born, a vital contribution to a small surviving population of the rare lion subspecies that is extinct in the wild, has come from the Czech zoo. The Czech zoo is part of a pan-European endangered species program that coordinates efforts for their survival in captivity.
The lion cubs, all female, were born on July 5 in the Dvur Kralove park. They have taken their first steps in their outdoor enclosure this week. This was under the careful supervision of their mother, Khalila. They are yet to be named.
As a result of the increased human interference and activities, these were once reported to be almost extinct by certain wildlife experts. Many were killed by gladiators in Roman times, while hunting contributed to their extinction later. It is a good news to see one of the biggest lion subspecies, which once roamed its native northern Africa, Barbary lions growing again.
Middle of the 1960s is believed to be the time when these Barbary lions went extinct in the wild. According to certain sources, only a few dozen survived in the collection of the King of Morocco.
Their global population is currently estimated at around 100. Positive results in rate of growth is strongly hoped for.