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Florida zoo celebrates its first lion birth in 30 years

May 24, 2019
This May 2019 image from video shows 13-year-old Shani with her three newborn African lion cubs who were born May 14 at the Naples Zoo in Naples, Fla. The zoo will host a contest to name the cubs. (Naples Zoo via AP)
This May 2019 image from video shows 13-year-old Shani with her three newborn African lion cubs who were born May 14 at the Naples Zoo in Naples, Fla. The zoo will host a contest to name the cubs. (Naples Zoo via AP)

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — A Florida zoo is celebrating the birth of three African lion cubs.

The Naples Daily News reports this is the first time in 30 years that the Naples Zoo has had lion cubs. The zoo announced the birth of the cubs Thursday; one was born May 13 and two were born May 14.

The cubs and their mother, 13-year-old Shani, may be exhibited late this summer. The zoo says it will host a contest to name the cubs. It says zoo workers haven’t gotten close enough to the cubs to know their genders or weights, but the cubs are being monitored through video feeds.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature classifies African lions as vulnerable to extinction. They’re endangered by illegal hunting, declining prey populations and habitat loss.

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Information from: Naples (Fla.) Daily News, http://www.naplesnews.com