Roberta was chosen as the best match because of her genetic characteristics. It is vital to conserve the genes of the species, enabling future generations to be reintroduced to the wile. Pictures: RZSS/Sian Addison

11 adorable pictures of the moment Edinburgh Zoo keepers gave their lions Valentine's Day gifts

Staff at the capital wildlife park treated their pride of Asiatic lions to decorated boxed treats.

Edinburgh Zoo has shared adorable photos of their six-month old Asiatic lion cubs - Mitaali, Keshari and Kushanu - celebrating Valentine’s Day with their parents.

Roberta was chosen as the best match because of her genetic characteristics. It is vital to conserve the genes of the species, enabling future generations to be reintroduced to the wile. Pictures: RZSS/Sian Addison

1. Genetic Selection

Roberta was chosen as the best match because of her genetic characteristics. It is vital to conserve the genes of the species, enabling future generations to be reintroduced to the wile. Pictures: RZSS/Sian Addison
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The family are part of the European endangered species programme for the Asiatic lion. Picture: RZSS/Sian Addison

2. Pride of Edinburgh

The family are part of the European endangered species programme for the Asiatic lion. Picture: RZSS/Sian Addison
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It is estimated there are only between 350 and 650 Asiatic lions left in the wild. RZSS/Sian Addison

3. Dying out

It is estimated there are only between 350 and 650 Asiatic lions left in the wild. RZSS/Sian Addison
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The keepers spared no effort treating their pride this week, decorating the treat boxes with amusing slogans. Picture: RZSS/Sian Addison

4. 'Mane Man'

The keepers spared no effort treating their pride this week, decorating the treat boxes with amusing slogans. Picture: RZSS/Sian Addison
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