Lion cub named Simba born via artificial insemination at zoo in Singapore

The Fact News Service

January 28

The Singapore Zoo has welcomed a lion cub named Simba to its animal kingdom following artificial insemination that officials said on Tuesday was a first for the city-state.

It is rare for lions to be conceived through artificial insemination, with the procedure first carried out successfully in 2018 – resulting in two cubs in South Africa.

Lion populations in the wild have plummeted more than 40 percent over the past two decades, with about 23,000 to 39,000 mature animals left, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature. It lists lions as vulnerable.

Singapore’s new cub, named after the main character in Disney’s The Lion King, was conceived with semen from an elderly African lion.

(story sourced through inputs from agencies)