Meet Rhythm, Okinawa Zoo & Museum's new white lion cub

Meet Rhythm, Okinawa Zoo & Museum's new white lion cub

by Shoji Kudaka
Stripes Okinawa

A newborn star has arrived she’s bringing a new beat to the Okinawa Zoo & Museum.  

Rhythm, a white lion cub born on August 8, arrived last month to become a new member of the local zoo. The female cub hails from Tohoku Safari Park in Fukushima prefecture. Serum, another white cub at the Okinawa Zoo, arrived earlier and Rhythm was chosen to be his mate.

At around 66 pounds and 35 inches in length, Rhythm quickly growing and has already grown into a must-see attraction inside the zoo’s “lion-sha,” or lion stable.

Visitors to the zoo will be rewarded with adorable views of Rhythm playing or dozing off.

“Like other lions, Rhythm often sleeps during the day, and gets active toward late in the afternoon,” said a staff of the zoo.

After visiting Rhythm, check out the rest of the Okinawa Zoo & Museum’s about 200 species of birds, reptiles, mammals and amphibians.  A visit here also isn’t complete without a stop at the museum, featuring interactive displays, and the children’s center, which hosts fun activities and educational programs for the little ones in your family.


Okinawa Zoo

GPS Coordinates: N 26.327056, E 127.804255 (near Gate 2 of Kadena Air Base)

Admission fee: 500 yen per adult, 200 yen for ages 13–18, 100 yen for ages 4-11, free for ages 3 and under. 

Hours: 9:30 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. (Apr- Sep. Last admission at 5 p.m.); 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Oct-Mar. Last admission at 4:30 p.m.)


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