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Three lion cubs arrive at Busch Gardens Tampa

by Banks Lee

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Busch Gardens Tampa is celebrating three new arrivals to their park. Two females and one male lion cub arrived at Busch Gardens from South Africa recently.

The two females, who are sisters, were born March 20. The male, who is not related to the females, was born Feb. 20. All three cubs have genetic lines from the Kalahari and Kruger regions of South Africa, where lions are recognized for their large size and impressive manes on the males.

Busch Gardens Tampa gave everyone a chance to help name the lion cub sisters by voting on Facebook. The names chosen are Shtuko and Shaba.

Once they are large enough, the Busch Gardens animal care team will start introducing the cubs to the lion and hyena habitat of the Edge of Africa attraction.

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