Lion April 2016 (3)

Working Together:

Unlike other large cats, lions live in groups called prides.

In a pride, female lions do most of the hunting. They will also scavenge, following vultures to dead prey. Males patrol the territory, guard the cubs, and fight when needed to protect the pride.

Lions sleep most of the day, conserving energy for when they need it most—hunting, mating, and fighting.

At Reid Park Zoo:

Zoo lions are great hunters too—they occasionally catch unfortunate birds that land in this habitat.

When Zoo Keepers defrost meat for the lions, the drippings are saved and frozen into blood popsicles as a special “treat.”

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Classifications

Species Name:
African Lion
Scientific Name:
Panthera leo
Continent:
Africa
Our Animal's Name(s):
Shombay (male) & Kaya (female), & daughter Nayo (female, born Dec. 23, 2013)
Proud Parents:
Kellyn Coney
JoAnn Schlott
Jeffrey Lee Richardson
Janelle Southard
Barbara Nelson
Kathy & Roger Gross
LuAnne Van Hoesen
Sue Ann Gabrys
Angel Wang