If someone could explain to us what it is exactly about lion cubs that make us act like little lion teeny boppers, we’d be all ears. Maybe it’s all the times we watched the Lion King as kids (and okay, as adults too). Luckily Werribee Open Range Zoo is giving you the opportunity of a lifetime: a meet and greet with four lion cubs.
Born late last year, the cubs are starting to venture out with mum Nairibi for short periods during the day, just long enough for you to get a good peek as they run around and play with their pride brothers and sisters. Named by some of Victoria’s most passionate conservationists and zoo members, you can meet the smallest female cub, Kibibi (Swahili for ‘little lady’), her sister Aziza (Swahili for ‘precious’) and their brothers Ndidi (Igbo for ‘patience’) and Zuberi (Swahili for ‘strong’).
Like all babies, they need their rest so staff have set up morning viewings each day (from 9.30am to noon). Keep in mind these times are subject to change on the day according to the needs of the cubs.