The 3 male lion cubs, Pesho, Sidai, and Lomelok, have officially been introduced to the world!
According to the zoo, their names have special meanings, with Pesho (pe-sho) defined as an unexpected gift, Sidai (see-dye) meaning good, and Lomelok (low-mey-lock) meaning sweet.
The names were chosen in collaboration with the Maasai lion guardians (called Ilchokuti) who work with the zoo partners.
The Lincoln Park Zoo is gearing up for crowds, writing on Instagram, “As we look forward to the lion cubs’ public debut this weekend it’s important to remember the cubs have the choice whether to be visible to the public, hidden within their habitat, or spending more time in their den.”
Zoo members saw the cubs today, with the general public invited starting tomorrow from 8-10 a.m. After 10 a.m. on Saturday, the cubs will have regular access to their habitat, and visitors will be able to see them in person going forward.
The cubs were born to Zari and Jabari on January 9th and so far, they’ve been growing and changing behind the scenes. Now, they’re able to make their debut at the Pepper Family Wildlife Center
The probably proud parents also had Pilipili, last year, who has now begun to grow his gorgeous mane!
Stop by the Lincoln Park Zoo this weekend to catch a glimpse of these sweet baby cubs. The zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
[Featured photo via: Lincoln Park Zoo/Jill Dignan]