Lion breeding to resume at Wildlife Safari in Oregon

WINSTON, Ore. - The addition of 2 female lions at Wildlife Safari will allow the big cat breeding program to resume.

Both Mtai and Serafina are 2 years old, as are the male lions already living at the Safari.

"They were actually sent here from St. Louis Zoo," said Sarah Roy, the carnivore supervisor. "They were a genetic matchup on a national level with our males, Savo and Enzi."

It's been more than two decades since a litter of lion cubs was born at the Safari.

"We're pretty confident that they will breed pretty quickly," Roy said, "and we could possibly have cubs at the grounds by the end of this summer."