Animal Facts

  • Species:

    African Lion
  • Conservation
    Status:

    Vulnerable

  • Found In:

    Africa
  • Length:

    5-8 feet (1.5-2.4m) (males)
  • Height:

    4 feet (1.2m) (males)
  • Weight:

    150-227kg

Meet our amazing lions!

Our majestic male lion, Mujambi was born on 26 March 2005 at Mogo Zoo and moved to Adelaide Zoo in 2007. Known for his beautiful mane, Mujambi loves scent-based enrichment, especially lemon geranium. He loves the lionesses and likes to keep them in eye shot, but is also known to entice the odd squabble through the fence line. Mujambi is housed separately as he has epileptic-like seizures, which makes it dangerous for him to live with the girls. Mujambi miraculously overcame testicular cancer in 2012.

Lioness sister duo, Amani and Yizi were born on 6 May 2001 at Auckland Zoo and moved to Adelaide Zoo in 2002. Amani is lighter in colour and gave birth to a litter of cubs in 2004, one of which, Kiamba, currently resides at Monarto Zoo. The sisters both love scent-based enrichment, including herbs and hessian sacks and the odd egg and fish treat. Amani is the dominant sister, although Yizi often tests the boundaries during meal time. Most morning the girls can be seen running about the lion habitat playing tag.

African Lions are native to sub-Saharan Africa and live in rich grasslands and light woodlands of eastern Africa to the more arid areas of the Kalahari Desert.

Lions live in large family groups called prides, which usually consists of a dominant male, a dozen females and their offspring. Lionesses share the hunting and babysitting duties, but it’s not all easy going for the boys, who are responsible for protecting the pride and territory. As the only social cat, they have a well-developed sense of humour!

Ensuring African Lions thrive for years to come is no funny business. It’s estimated that between 16-30,000 lions exist in the wild. Lions historically ranged throughout Africa, the Middle East and southwest Asia. Today, the population is found in an isolated pocket of India, where the Asiatic Lion is classified as critically endangered with less than 400 individuals remaining, and sub-Saharan Africa.   

Like lion numbers, habitat for lions has declined as human population, land cultivation and numbers of livestock have steadily increased in areas lions call home. Lions are often killed to protect livestock or as retaliation kills for livestock loss.

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