Three’s company at the Fort Worth Zoo

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Three’s company at the Fort Worth Zoo

Zoo welcomes three young African lions

FORT WORTH, Texas – Three juvenile African lions – one male and two females – have arrived at the Fort Worth Zoo from South Africa. The lions, ranging in age from 8 to 15 months, were born at a private wildlife facility and are unrelated to one another.

The lions, Jabulani, Saba and Abagebe, can be seen playing and exploring in their African Savannah exhibit space next to the Zoo’s resident 17-year-old male lion, Tsavo (sah-vo).

Name Pronunciation Meaning
Jabulani (male) jah-boo-lawn-e Come to bring happiness to everyone
Saba (female) sah-bah The number seven
Abagebe (female) ah-bah-gay-bay The one long expected

The Fort Worth Zoo’s wildlife partnerships are global, and the lions’ unique genetic material will make them a valuable asset in the development of the country’s captive African lion population. The Zoo has bred three successful African lion litters since 2004.

African lions are listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). A 2008 IUCN report showed that the wild population of African lions has dwindled 30 percent over the last two decades.

The nationally acclaimed Fort Worth Zoo has been ranked the No. 5 zoo in the nation by USA Travel Guide and the No. 1 attraction in the DFW Metroplex by Zagat survey. The Zoo is home to more than 500 animal species and a world-famous reptile collection, housed in the brand new Museum of Living Art (MOLA). The institution’s focus on education and conservation is second to none, enhancing the lives of more than 1 million visitors a year.


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