Zoo Antwerp’s Lion cub made headlines on ZooBorns when he made his public debut about a month after he was born on August 29. Now the male cub, named Nestor, has started exploring the Lion family’s large outdoor enclosure with his mother, Maouli. (All of the babies born at Zoo Antwerp in 2012 have names that begin with N.)
As he toddled across the yard, Nestor’s biggest obstacle was a small stream in the exhibit. After some hesitation, he dared to make the crossing, but alas, he fell in! His second attempt was equally unsuccessful, resulting in another dunking (even though mom tried to lend a hand – er, paw). But like the brave little Lion he is, Nestor was undeterred, and his third try was the charm – he made it!
Like Nestor, wild Lions face challenges too – though theirs are much more serious. Changes to their wild east African habitat have caused some Lion populations to shrink by more than half. Zoos around the world are breeding Lions to maintain a healthy, genetically diverse captive population.
Photo Credit: Zoo Antwerp