Lincoln Park Zoo's new lion cubs make their public debut, April 14, 2023. (Courtesy Lincoln Park Zoo)

On Friday, Lincoln Park Zoo’s three new male African lion cubs greeted the public in their outdoor habitat for the first time since they were born Jan. 9.

Sidai, Lomelok and Pesho — African lion cubs born at Lincoln Park Zoo. (Lincoln Park Zoo / Jill Dignan)

The cubs were named in partnership with Maasai lion guardians in Tanzania. 

One of Lincoln Park Zoo's new lion cubs receives his first checkup. (Lincoln Park Zoo)

The cubs, born Jan. 9, received their first health checkups this week, allowing the zoo's veterinary staff to confirm all the youngsters are male.

Zari, just days before giving birth. (Lincoln Park Zoo / Twitter)

Lincoln Park Zoo announced it welcomed not one, not two, but three lion cubs on Monday. The zoo had been on lion watch since early December, when staff confirmed 4-year-old African lion Zari was pregnant.

Zari, Lincoln Park Zoo's 4-year-old African lion, is expecting a litter in January. Here she is with her cub, Pilipili, born in March 2022. (Lincoln Park Zoo / Diana Miller)

"A birth represents preservation of a species that has faced many challenges in the wild,” said Mike Murray, curator of mammals and animal behavioral husbandry.

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