Taronga girl cubs ready for their close up

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Three adventurous and playful lion cubs have delighted visitors at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in NSW during their first public outing.

First time parents, Marion and Lwazi showed their all-girl litter around the Dubbo compound as the youngsters lapped up the limelight.

"Keepers and guests loved seeing the cubs climbing the trees and rocks, although Marion appears to be on high alert as a first time mother with these especially confident cubs, " lion supervisor Justine Powell said on Tuesday.

"The cubs are very adventurous and playful and love having their dad Lwazi out with them to practice their pouncing, stalking and and play fighting skills with him."

Two of the cubs are being named by the keepers and Taronga Foundation supporters, but the zoo has launched a public naming competition for the third.

The trio were born in April, the first litter of cubs born at the zoo since 2016, with their birth injecting important genetic diversity into the lion regional breeding program.

African Lions are classified as vulnerable in the wild with populations decreasing due to human-animal conflict, depleted prey base and habitat loss.

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