San Diego Zoo Safari Park Welcomes Three New Lions

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (KGTV) — The San Diego Zoo Safari Park has welcomed three new lions, the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance announced Thursday.

The African lions are eight-year-old sisters named Malika, Zuri and Amira from the Caldwell Zoo in Texas. The lionesses explored their new home at Lion Camp inside the safari park.

“We are thrilled to welcome these lionesses to their new home,” said Lisa Peterson, executive director of San Diego Zoo Safari Park. “The lionesses carry on a great lion legacy at Safari Park. They are the great-grandchildren of Safari Park’s beloved male lion Izu and lioness Mina, who have lived here for 18 years. Peterson added: “ Our wildlife care team have worked very hard to make them feel comfortable in their new home, and we are delighted they are settling in so well.We invite our guests to visit these majestic lions when they visit the Safari park and hope that everyone who visits will be inspired to discover and appreciate this magnificent species.

The lionesses were moved following a recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the Species Survival Plan (SSP) to maintain and manage a healthy and diverse population of species, according to wildlife officials.

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the African lion is listed as a vulnerable species. Its population is likely below 40,000 due to habitat loss, human-wildlife coexistence issues, poaching, and wildlife trafficking.

You can visit Zuri, Malika, and Amira at Lion Camp. For more information, visit San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance.

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