New lion exhibit a roaring success
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.