Longleat introduces new lion cubs

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Simba and Nala are named after much-loved characters in Disney’s The Lion King
Simba and Nala are named after much-loved characters in Disney’s The Lion King

To celebrate the release of Disney’s The Lion King in 3D in cinemas on October 14, Longleat Safari & Adventure Park is naming two of its new African lion cubs “Simba” and “Nala” after the much-loved characters in Disney’s animated film. Disney will help these loveable siblings into the ‘Circle of Life’ by helping to feed them over their first year as they grow into full-grown healthy lions.

Simba and Nala, born at Longleat on September 10, are two of four cubs born last month to first-time mother Malaika who was also born at the park in 2005. The cubs will be found within the second lion reserve at Longleat where they join an existing pride of twelve lions, headed up by the male lion, Nibalo who arrived at Longleat back in November 2010. The four recentlyborn cubs are the second litter in 2011, prior to this year Longleat’s last lion cubs were born in 2007.

Big Cat Keeper at Longleat, Bob Trollope, commented: “We are delighted to introduce our new lion cubs to the world and especially happy they can be a part of Disney history and help to celebrate such a beloved animation.”

Longleat Safari & Adventure Park offers a great value and fun day out for many different organisations and groups including guides, scouts, schools and WIs. The park welcomes groups of all sizes, beyond the minimum of 12.

Prices range from £9.50 per person for adults (children £6.50 and seniors £7) visiting the Safari park only to £21.70 (children £16.45 and seniors £18.20) for a two day ticket which entitles visitors to unlimited entry to Longleat Safari & Adventure Park on two consecutive days.

Pre-booking strongly recommended. Call group customer services on 01985 844328 or email [email protected]