New lion ex­hibit a roar­ing suc­cess

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - Street Watch -

THE first stage of Perth Zoo’s new $3.3 mil­lion African Lion ex­hibit was of­fi­cially opened at the start of Oc­to­ber.

The new African-themed ex­hibit pro­vides en­hanced op­por­tu­ni­ties to view Perth Zoo’s li­on­ess, Shinyanga, and learn about the threats fac­ing th­ese big cats.

The ex­hibit fea­tures a thatched hut with na­tive African plant­ings, large view­ing win­dows and moulds of lion paw prints so vis­i­tors can ap­pre­ci­ate the sheer size of the cats.

In­for­ma­tion about re­search tak­ing place to pro­tect the species in the wild is also on dis­play.

Con­struc­tion of stage two of the ex­hibit will com­mence shortly and be com­plete in mid-2018.

When fully con­structed, the African Lion ex­hibit will in­clude a breed­ing area with in­door dens and a sep­a­rate out­door area where a breed­ing li­on­ess can have pri­vacy with her cubs, and still feel close to the pride.

It will have the ca­pac­ity to house a pride of eight lions.

Stage one of the new African Lion ex­hibit has been opened. Be­low: Perth Zoo’s li­on­ess Shinyanga.

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