A lioness at the Uketula Private Game Reserve/South Africa has given birth to two cubs conceived via non-surgical artificial insemination. This is the first (successfull) attempt. It doesn’t seem really necessary with lions, who are breeding well in captivity, and in fact one shouldn’t be breeding with the lion in captivity anymore. But it might be of great interest as a last resort to have a captive lioness injected with blood from the last wild lion, to return fresh blood to the wild. As the lionpopulation is decreasing rapidly, as well as the numbers of other species, it could be valuable, so a good thing that research has been done now. Luckily the cubs could stay with the mother, which is a rare even in South Africa as we all know.
For now, an interesting press release to read.