Facebook Fans Name Busch Gardens Lion Cub Sisters: Shaba & Shtuko

Tampa, Fla. (June 19, 2013) – Busch Gardens® Tampa recently welcomed three lion cubs to the park, one male and two unrelated females.   After a weeklong poll, 6,000 Busch Gardens Tampa Facebook fans voted to name the two lion cub sisters.  The winning names for the three-month-old cubs are Shaba, meaning “brazen”, and Shtuko, meaning “twitch”.

The Busch Gardens animal care team has started introducing the cubs to the Edge of Africa attraction at the park, where guests can see the cubs all summer long and beyond. More information and updates about the progress of the new cubs will be posted on BuschGardensTampaBlog.com.

Busch Gardens Lion Cub Sisters


Busch Gardens is owned and operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™, a leading theme park and entertainment company that delivers personal, interactive and educational experiences that blend imagination with nature. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is best known for its 11 U.S. theme parks, attractions that hosted more than 24 million guests in 2012. Each of these theme parks offers a distinct entertainment experience that connects guests to the world and to one another.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ also is one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a worldwide leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The company collectively cares for one of the largest animal collections on the North American continent and has helped lead advances in the care of species in zoological facilities and in the conservation of wild populations.


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