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The Denver Zoo's lion cub has a name! And no, it’s not ‘Simba’

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Posted at 4:00 PM, Oct 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-01 19:08:24-04

DENVER – It took more than two months, but the youngest member of the Denver Zoo’s lion pride finally has a name! And no, his name is not “Simba.”

Everyone: Meet Tatu!

The name comes from a Swahili word for the number three, which was chosen as an option because Tatu is the third cub of the pride, according to zoo officials.

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The other choices were Meru (the name of a mountain in Tanzania) and Moremi (a game reserve in Botswana).

Want to visit Tatu? In a tweet, zoo officials also said his visiting hours had been expanded, and you can now visit him from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every day as long as the weather cooperates.

If you go, just be mindful that Tatu might be taking a power nap. Zoo officials said they typically sleep between 18-20 hours a day.

Tatu can be seen roaming around the eastern-most exhibit in Benson Predator Ridge.