Cute cubs are zoo’s latest draw

LION cubs and young wild boars have become Taiping Zoo’s latest attraction, especially for night safari visitors. 

Zoo director Dr Kevin Lazarus said visitors were drawn to the lions’ cuddly and cute look while the piglets’ distinctive brownish stripes were an eye catcher. 

He said the five cubs and six piglets were extremely active at night and they were the night safari’s main attraction. 

Dr Lazarus said visitors, especially those from the Middle East, like to take photos of the piglets. 

“Four piglets were born to Piki, an 11-month-old pig donated by the public in March and four others were born to one-year-old Onk-Onk which was donated by the public in August. 

“However, only six survived as one each born by Piki and Onk-Onk died recently,” he said. 

With the six newborns fathered by three-year-old Baba which was also donated by the public, the zoo now has nine wild boars, said Dr Lazarus. 

Recently, lioness Dewi purchased from Argentina in 2004, gave birth to three healthy male cubs named Zulu, Nyaga, and Nala, bringing to five the total number of lion cubs born at the zoo this year. 

During the recent Deepa-raya holidays, Dr Lazarus said the zoo recorded 40,885 visitors during the day and 5,024 for the night safari.  

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