Please note, Adelaide Zoo will be closed on Sunday, 19 November 2017 to the general public (including members) until 2pm while we host a special event. We apologise for any inconvenience caused as a result of this partial closure.

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. Lioness, Amani, was 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. Like Mujambi, Amani also loves scent-based enrichment, including herbs and hessian sacks and the odd egg and fish treat.

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.

Love lions? Join our pride and ensure lions stay a pounce ahead of extinction! There are many ways you can help support these majestic creatures.

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