First lion cubs born through artificial insemination

The world's first lion cubs born through artificial insemination, Victor and Isabel, at the Ukutula private game conservation centre, north-west of the South African capital Pretoria. University of Pretoria scientists hope the technique could be appl
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The world's first lion cubs born through artificial insemination, Victor and Isabel, at the Ukutula private game conservation centre, north-west of the South African capital Pretoria. University of Pretoria scientists hope the technique could be applied elsewhere to save endangered wild felines. Lions are extinct in 26 African countries and only about 20,000 are left in the wild, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 01, 2018, with the headline 'First lion cubs born through artificial insemination'. Print Edition | Subscribe