Monarto Zoo is celebrating yet another breeding milestone with the arrival of three African Lion cubs born overnight on Wednesday 24 April to veteran mum, Tiombe, one of the zoo's five lionesses.
The birth follows a recent string of breeding success for the zoo with several high profile births including six Cheetah cubs, two Spotted Hyena cubs, a Chimpanzee infant, a Southern White Rhino calf and a zebra filly.
Zookeepers knew the big day was close when they observed Tiombe spending prolonged periods of time in the den. They were very happy to find no trace of Tiombe last Thursday morning and knew instantly a very special surprise was in store for the zoo.
Tiombe (far right) is tucked away in the den with her three cubs. Photo by Dave Mattner © Zoos SA