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Meet Simba: Assam State Zoo gets new member

The Assam State Zoo and Botanical Garden has got its new member as a lioness gas recently given birth to a cub in captivity. The zoo authority has christened it as Simba. Wiki and Rani are the parents of Simba.

Simba is character of The Lion King, an American Musical Drama film released in 2019.

The cub is reportedly healthy and undergoing all necessary attention. A tigress kept in the state zoo has also given birth to two tiger cubs. The authority also christened one of the tiger cubs as Sultan.

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Sharing the news, Assam’s forest minister Parimal Suklabaidya on Wednesday tweeted: “Such a cheerful news. Glad to share with you all that our lioness and tigress have given birth to one lion cub and two tiger cubs at @assamzoo during the lockdown period. Zoo family has named the lion cub as ‘SIMBA’. My heartiest congratulations. (sic)”

The Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden (popularly known as Guwahati Zoo) is the largest of its kind in the North East region. Spread across 432 acre (175 hectare), the zoo is located in the heart of the city within the Hengrabari Reserved Forest. It is the home to about 895 animals, birds and reptiles representing almost 113 species of animals and birds from around the world.

It may be mentioned that the State Zoo has remained closed since the first phase of the nation-wide lockdown enforced on March 24th, 2020 to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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