Given the possibility of winter weather, the Zoo will be on a 2-hour delay and plans to open at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16. We will continually reassess the situation on Monday evening and Tuesday morning and may change our hours further or even close the Zoo if conditions warrant. Check here or the Zoo's social media for the latest update.
Animals Mammals

Animals Mammals

Lion


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Panthera leo
PROFILE:

With a muscular body, acute senses, highly evolved teeth and claws, and excellent camouflage coloration, lions are excellent hunters. Young lions often “play-fight” to develop skills for the hunt. This behavior also will help determine who will chase and direct play and who will carry out the ambush and kill. You can visit our our lions at the Giants of the Savanna exhibit.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Mammal, Carnivore, Feline (cats)
NATIVE TO:
Africa and southern Asia
CONSERVATION STATUS:
Declining
DIET:
Carnivore
LIFE EXPECTANCY:
zoos - 15-20 years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Lions are social animals and often live in groups called prides.
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