Nyota Usi (just Usi for short) got her name because of her unusually dark coloration as a cub. Her name means ‘Dark Star’, and she was every bit the handful that lion cubs can be. She was born by emergency C-section from her mother Osota. Her sister Cunsi is the other surviving cub from that litter. In spite of being the smaller of the two, she doesn’t hesitate to run up to meet newcomers to her enclosure. But behind those great amber eyes lies the soul of one who would like nothing more than to explore the world one nip at a time.