New lion cubs on display at Tucson's Reid Park Zoo

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter
By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter
By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter
By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter
By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Tuesday morning, the Reid Park Zoo let the new lion cubs run wild in their habitat.

Special guests watched as the three cubs checked out their new surroundings with their mother for the first time.

Photographer Frank Rau is one of 30 or so people to get a first look at the cubs, before the zoo opened.

"I wanted to certainly get some shots of the new babies and the proud mama.  It's a good photo op to take some decent pictures if you take enough of them," said Rau.

Rau continued to snap pictures of an exciting day for the Reid Park Zoo.

"Its just a phenomenal day.  It's the first day that Kaya has been out on exhibit with all three cubs," said Reid Park Zoo trainer Alisha Brewer.  "They're having a fantastic time climbing on things."

Alisha Brewer is the trainer for the lions and has had her eye on the cubs since their birth eight weeks ago.

"They are growing so fast they started like at about four pounds now there about 20," said Brewer.

There are two males and a female all with unique names.

"Our first male is Ayotunde.  He's our darker one.  Ayotunde means joy has returned.  Azizi is our female.  It means precious in Swahili.  And Abuto is our last male and that means I am hidden," said Brewer.

Hidden no more the cubs are out for public viewing. The zoo says the best time to get a good look at the cubs is in the morning.

The cubs are expected to stay at the Reid Park Zoo until they're about two years old and then they will be moved to another zoo.