LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Ellen Trout Zoo has announced the birth of a male African lion born on July 28.
According to zoo Director Gordon Henley, the cub is the first of his kind to be born at the zoo since the late 1970s.
This birth is the result of a recommended breeding by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) lion SSP (Species Survival Plan) for the zoo's lion pair. SSPs help ensure the sustainability of captive zoo populations of animals while maintaining the desired level of genetic variability within the species, Henley said.
Zookeepers are excited to welcome the five pound cub to the zoo.
"One, it's been a very long time since we've had lions here. And, two, it helps add to our population of pedigreed lions within the zoo community in the United States," said zoo Collections Manager, Diana Crocker.
The cub does not yet have a name.