On its 115th birthday celebration, Joburg Zoo has welcomed the birth of four feisty and playful tiger cubs, a majestic giraffe calf named Sabawu and an energetic puma cub.
Sabawu has been shyly roaming the grounds of the Zoo confidently with the assurance of a very protective parents called lady and dad Madolo. Sabawu is named after the longest serving employee of the animal collection section.
The playful and energetic tiger cubs are fast learners that keep their mom busy throughout the day. They all have different personalities. The first one is a scared cat, terrified of everything and needs reassurance at all times; the second one is very naughty, always trying out new things and taking the lead and the last two are just followers.
The Puma cub is very close to his mother, Zara who never leaves his side. He can be seen curiously exploring the enclosure under his mother’s watchful eye.
Joburg Zoo Executive Manager, Lombard Shirindzi says the entity is proud to be in a position to bring wildlife closer to city dwellers.
“As the world’s population continues to increase and wildlife disappears, more and more people live in urban centres disconnected from the natural environment. For most of these people, zoos provide the only way to regularly see and connect with other living creatures that share our planet,” Shirindzi explains.