Lincoln Park Zoo names new lion cub ‘Pilipili’ in honor of Pepper family

Lincoln Park Zoo names new lion cub ‘Pilipili’ in honor of Pepper family

CHICAGO (TOC) — The Lincoln Park Zoo is sharing new video and images of its African lion cub that was simply born in March.

Zookeepers have decided the cub is a male and so they introduced Thursday that they named him “Pilipili,” which implies “pepper” in Swahili.

The cub was born on March 15 and is the offspring of 3-year-old feminine Zari and 4-year-old male Jabari, zoo officers mentioned. He’s the primary African lion cub born on the zoo in 20 years, based on the zoo.

“Because the cub grows, he has turn out to be extra curious and energetic and has been surpassing vital milestones resembling leaving the den field and consuming strong meals,” mentioned Curator of Mammals Mike Murray. “Zari, a first-time mother, has offered unbelievable maternal care to the cub from nursing to grooming.”

Zookeepers mentioned the cub is doing effectively and is in good well being. The cub, which weighed roughly two kilos at start, now weighs round 16 kilos, officers mentioned.

He’ll stay behind the scenes for as he continues to develop and is launched to the remainder of the satisfaction, the zoo mentioned.

The identify honors the Pepper household, whose donation enabled the zoo to rework its historic lion home into the Pepper Household Wildlife Middle.

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