The first half of Perth Zoo’s new $3.3 million dollar African Lion exhibit was unveiled recently as lions in the wild face unprecedented pressures.
The new African themed exhibit provides enhanced opportunities to view Perth Zoo’s elderly lioness, ‘Shinyanga’, and learn about the threats facing these big cats.
Set in a thatched African themed hut with native African plantings, the new area incorporates large viewing windows and moulds of lion paw prints to provide an appreciation of the sheer size of the cats, as well as information about research taking place to protect the species in the wild.
The second stage of the exhibit commences construction shortly and will be complete in mid-2018.
When fully complete, the African Lion exhibit will feature a breeding area with indoor dens and a separate outdoor area where a breeding lioness can have privacy with her cubs, yet still feel close to her pride.
It will have the capacity to hold a pride of eight lions.
This extensive upgrade will more than double the size of the 30-year-old Perth Zoo lion exhibit.
Importantly it will allow Perth Zoo to bring in a new pride of lions and play a bigger role in regional and global breeding programs in the future.
Perth Zoo’s Curator of Collections in currently working with the African Lion Species Coordinator to identify lions suitable to be moved to Western Australia in the foreseeable future.
Danielle Henry, Media and Communications Manager, Perth Zoo