Three Asiatic lion cubs are making their debut at a zoo in eastern France, raising slim hopes for one of the world’s rarest species.
The Besancon (beuz-an-sohn) zoo
There are about 300 Asiatic lions in the wild, all in an Indian reserve, according to the WWF. About the same number are in captivity.
Asiatic lion Shiva, the mother of the three cubs, looks out over her cubs
Asiatic lion Shiva, the mother of three cubs, looks out over her domain in the Besancon zoo
Image: Laurent Cipriani / AP. Shiva feeds her cubs.