Lions’ club grows at Bannerghatta park
The mood in Bannerghatta biological park is that of a birthday bash! The park is bursting with pride at the birth of 13 lion cubs to four lionesses within a span of one- and-a-half months.
While lioness Renu from the animal rehabilitation centre of Bannerghatta park delivered four cubs, lionesses Lakshmi and Meera have delivered four and two cubs each respectively, said park’s Deputy Conservator of Forests Markandeya.
The three lionesses; Renu, Lakshmi and Meera were acquired along with 17 other lions last year from Maharashtra’s Pandarapur Newgrand circus.
With the new arrivals, the lion population at the rehabilitation centre has touched 110.
Madhuri, a lioness from Bannerghatta’s Lion Safari, delivered 3 healthy cubs on Sunday last, bringing up the lion family in the safari to a total of nine, said Mr Markandeya.
In order to facilitate better feeding of the cubs by the nursing mothers, enriched food and nourishment is being served to these lionesses. Each lioness is fed 7 kilos of beef and 3 kilos of chicken a day.
For a period of one month, except for the caretaker, no other person is allowed near the lioness or her cubs. Any human smell arouses the maternal instinct in the lioness to guard her cubs, provoking her to get fierce. This may result in the anxious mother trampling her little ones.
Therefore, from the time of delivery, for a period of 30 days, the nursing mothers are taken care of very sensitively.
The construction work of the eagerly awaited Butterfly garden should begin soon, said Mr Markandeya.