Monday, March 3, 2008

Why this lion's cubs would be the pride of zooFeb 25 2008

By Steve Evans

THIS handsome chap, the pride of a Warwickshire zoo, is poised to set off on an amorous mission to help preserve the future of one of the world's most endangered species.

His name is Kamal, a rare Asiatic lion, and he has been chosen to spearhead a breeding programme which staff at Twycross Zoo hope will be a roaring success.

Kamal will be leaving his enclosure off the A444 near Nuneaton in the next few days to woo Moti, a lioness at Bristol Zoo and Gardens.

It is hoped that Bristol Zoo will soon hear the patter of many tiny paws.

Asiatic lions are critically endangered and are part of an internationally co-ordinated conservation breeding programme.

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