Lion Cub Birthday Party and a Slice of a Lion’s Life on the Big Screen

 

TULSA, OK, March 21, 2011 – Celebrate the birthday of the youngest of Tulsa Zoo’s African lion pride, MARCH 23, 2011 AT 11:30 A.M. at the Tulsa Zoo. Zuber, one of the first lion cubs born at the zoo in 16 years will turn two years old, and we will be celebrating with a party at home, but also with stunning cinema that documents the lives of lions in Africa.

 

Zuber, along with brother Thabo, were born to father Kofi and mother Shatari in March of 2009. Thabo relocated to his new home at the Memphis Zoo in early March as part of the Species Survival Plan, or “SSP”, and it is hoped he will soon be a proud papa himself. Zuber remains at the Tulsa Zoo until he can be placed with a female and start a family of his own. The Tulsa Zoo is proud to participate in the conservation of lions through these programs. As populations of African lions continue to dwindle, the efforts of zoos are more important than ever.

 

The population of lions in the wild have drastically decreased; from 450,000 just fifty years ago, to now a meager 20,000. “The Last Lions” is a documentary that will show at the Circle Cinema March 25-27, 2011. It is a harrowing film that follows the struggle of one female who strives to protect her young and shows that the most powerful force in nature is a mother’s love.

 

The Tulsa Zoo lion keepers and docents will join Circle Cinema at each showing to talk about the Tulsa Zoo’s ‘pride’ before and after the film. The Tulsa Zoo’s pride acts as ambassador for their wild counterparts and it is important to raise awareness about what we can do in our own lives to save theirs. “The Last Lions” is more than a documentary, it is truly a tale of high adventure – this is reality, and this is one mother’s story. So please join us for birthday festivities at the Tulsa Zoo and a cinematic experience you won’t forget at Circle Cinema. Visit www.tulsazoo.org or www.circlecinema.org for more information. Bring your ticket stub to the zoo and receive half-price admission! Tulsa Zoo Friends, simply show your membership card, and receive discount pricing on admission to this film, which runs through March 31. More information about this film can be found at http://movies.nationalgeographic.com/movies/last-lions/.

 

 

WHAT:             Lion Cub Birthday Party – March 23, 2011 – 11:30 a.m.

                        African Lion Exhibit

                        Tulsa Zoo & Living Museum

                        6421 E. 36th Street North

                        Tulsa, OK 74115

 

WHAT:             Meet & Greet Tulsa Zoo Lion Keepers and Staff

                        “The Last Lions” – Circle Cinema Theater

                        10 S Lewis Ave

                                Tulsa, OK 74104

                        March 25 @ 7:00 p.m.; March 26 @ 2:00 p.m.; March 27 @ 2:00 p.m.

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About the Tulsa Zoo:
The Tulsa Zoo, voted “America’s Favorite Zoo,” is accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA). The Tulsa Zoo is located in Mohawk Park on 36th Street North, just east of Sheridan. The zoo is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Admission is $8.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors age 65 and older and $4.00 for children age 3-11; children 2 and under and Zoo Friends members are free. For more info call (918) 669-6600 or www.tulsazoo.org.