Caturday: The Young Lions

by 1389 on April 21, 2012

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Psalm 104 (KJV)

1 Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.
2 Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:
3 Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:
4 Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:
5 Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.
6 Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains.
7 At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away.
8 They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them.
9 Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth.
10 He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills.
11 They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild asses quench their thirst.
12 By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, which sing among the branches.
13 He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works.
14 He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;
15 And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man’s heart.
16 The trees of the LORD are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted;
17 Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house.
18 The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks for the conies.
19 He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down.
20 Thou makest darkness, and it is night: wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep forth.
21 The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God.
22 The sun ariseth, they gather themselves together, and lay them down in their dens.
23 Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening.
24 O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.
25 So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts.
26 There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein.
27 These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in due season.
28 That thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good.
29 Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust.
30 Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.
31 The glory of the LORD shall endure for ever: the LORD shall rejoice in his works.
32 He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and they smoke.
33 I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
34 My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.
35 Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless thou the LORD, O my soul. Praise ye the LORD.

The Dallas Morning News: Three young lions debut at Fort Worth Zoo

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Staff Writer

Published: 19 April 2012 02:27 PM

Tsavo remains king of the Fort Worth Zoo, but he’ll have a few young subjects from now on.

Three juvenile lions, one male and two females, made their public debut Wednesday after a long journey from a wildlife refuge in South Africa.

They join the zoo’s 17-year-old patriarch in its African Savannah exhibit.

“We are thrilled to have them here,” said Remekca Owens, the zoo’s public relations manager. “We have global wildlife partnerships from all around the world, and because of this we had the opportunity to bring them here.”

The lions, one male and two females, range in age from eight to 15 months and are unrelated. Owens said the trio will offer companionship for Tsavo.

They’ll also revitalize the exhibit – and remodel it in their own special way.

“We made sure to spruce it up a bit with minor aesthetic things,” Owens said, “but since they’re young and like to explore we didn’t do too much because they’ll just tear it up anyway.”

A zookeeper named the male lion Jabulani, meaning come bring happiness to everyone, and the females are Saba (the number seven), and Abagebe (the one long expected). “They’re very unique African names,” Owens said.

The zoo has successfully bred three African lions since 2004 but has no current plans to use these young lions for breeding.

Over the past two decades, the world’s lion population has shrunk nearly 30 percent, prompting the International Union for Conservation of Nature to label them a vulnerable species.

“From a conservation standpoint, anytime we bring in an animal that is of conservation concern, it’s a big deal,” Owens said.

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