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The two white lion cubs born in Dubai Safari Park have been named

Meet Leo and Snowy!
Team shortlist03 Oct 2017 AT 12:13 PM
The two white lion cubs born in Dubai Safari Park have been named
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Snowy and Leo

The two white lion cubs born in Dubai Safari Park have officially been named. The adorable pair have been called Leo and Snowy! 

The names were chosen by two children who won a social media competition held by the Dubai Municipality last month.

The cubs join the park's long list of exotic and protected animals which include nine lions, four bears, nine monkeys and ten bats from Korea.

While we patiently wait to meet the white lion cubs and the rest of the animals, here’s a bit more information on the US$40.8 million project…

The park, which will span across 119 hectares of land, is located in Al Warqaa. Once complete, it will feature a number of themed sections including an African, Asian and Open Safari village.

It’s said to be twice the size of the world’s smallest country, the Vatican City, and will replace the Dubai Zoo.

The project will be home to 1,000 animals, including 350 rare species which will be cared for in temperature controlled environments.

The solar powered park will also have a valley that will span across roughly 7.5 hectares and will feature a waterfall, stream and a lake for fish.

Each section of the park is aimed at providing an ideal location for animals to live and at boosting the nation’s tourism rate.

It will also feature authentic restaurants and shelters to further provide the feeling of being the jungle.

Previously speaking on the project, the Director of the Dubai Municipality’s Leisure Facilities Department, Khalid Al Suwaidi said: “There are many special elements of suspense and excitement as well as opportunities to closely interact with the animals.”

According to Al Suwaidi, there will also be electric vehicles such as cars, trains and buses to help visitors navigate from one site to another.

The park is set to open just before the UAE National Day on December 2. 

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