The Buffalo Zoo has announced Tobias, the 3-month-old African lion cub, will make his official public debut this Sunday.
It's going to be a proud Father's Day for Tiberius, the 3-and-a-half-year-old male African lion, as his first offspring is planned to make his public debut.
On April 27, the Buffalo Zoo announced that, on March 5, a male African lion cub was born to first-time parents Lelei (6) and Tiberius. The cub, later named Tobias by his keepers, is the first lion cub to be reared at the zoo in 25 years.
"The decision to commit to a schedule for the public is based on several factors," Buffalo Zoo President and CEO Donna M. Fernandes said. "We wanted to be sure of successful introductions between the father and the mother and cub so that they could be presented as a family. In addition, we had to be sure that the cub's ability to navigate the exhibit had developed to an acceptable level. We are thrilled that the public will now have the opportunity to appreciate him as we do."
Over the past few weeks, off-hours, keepers slowly began introducing the cub to the exhibit space, followed by his mother, and finally his father. The cub currently weighs 30 pounds.
Beginning this Sunday, and barring inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances that would be announced via the zoo's social media pages, the cub will be in the lion exhibit daily, 10 a.m. through at least 2 p.m.
The Buffalo Zoo is located at 300 Parkside Ave.