Two lion cubs born at Zoo Miami will be shipped to Lion Country Safari in Loxahatchee on Monday.
One-year-old K’wasi and his adopted brother 9-month-old Saba will be sent to breed with lionesses at the drive-through zoo attraction in western Palm Beach County.
The two young lions were selected by the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Species Survival Plan, a “dating service” that matches up animals best suited to reproduce, according to Zoo Miami spokesman Ron Magill.
But unlike Match.com, this program takes the animal’s genetic makeup into account to keep the captive population healthy. Eleven other transfers were recommended as part of the Species Survival Plan, Magill said in a news release.
K’wasi was born in December of last year, the first lion born at Zoo Miami. An only child, K’wasi was left an orphan after his mother, Asha, died months after his birth.
K’wasi beat the odds, however, and was adopted by his mother’s sister, Kashifa.
Saba, the other lion being transferred, was born to Kashifa in March of this year. K’wasi sucessfully integrated with Saba and Kashifa’s three other cubs.