South Africa is celebrating the world’s first lion cubs born through artificial insemination, which experts say is a pioneering moment in the conservation of the big cats.
They were conceived through non-surgical artificial insemination using fresh semen collected from an adult male lion by joint research between Pretoria University and the Ukutula Conservation Centre, headed by PhD student Isabel Callealta.
Ultimately the researchers would like to find the protocol to be able to use frozen sperm, which will be the key to ensuring the survival of lions if number get low.
The birth of these two lion cubs through artificial insemination is a major scientific breakthrough.
Source: SA People