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El Paso Zoo African Lion and Meerkat
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The lion cubs were born in November of 2007 at the Oklahoma City Zoo to moms Tia and Bridget, within a three-day time span. The Zoo's resident king of the jungle, male lion Asian, was proud papa of both litters. Oklahoma City Zoo fans came up with their names in a naming contest. The female cubs were given the names Malaika (meaning "Angel"), Zari (meaning "Golden") and Kalliope (meaning "Beautiful Voice"). The male cub was named Xerxes, a Persian name meaning "Monarch."

The meerkats came to El Paso from the Gladys Porter and Santa Barbara zoos. They are living in the new El Paso Electric Kalahari Research Station.

The Zoo encourages people to think and act both locally and globally in helping wildlife. With the arrival of the lions the El Paso Zoo is now participating in exhibiting Africa lions under the North American Lion Species Survival Program. The Species Survival Plan program began in 1981 as a cooperative population management and conservation program for selected species in zoos and aquariums in North America. Each SSP manages the breeding of a species in order to maintain a healthy and self-sustaining population that is both genetically diverse and demographically stable.


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Our mission is to celebrate the value of animals and natural resources and to create opportunities for people to rediscover their connection to nature.