We feel very lucky to have three beautiful and rare Asiatic lions right here in our zoo.

There were once so many Asiatic lions on our planet that they roamed from north-east India to the Mediterranean but today there are only about 350 left in the wild and all of them live in India’s Gir Forest.

Iblis, our nine year old male, is an important part of the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme. This is a carefully managed scheme overseeing the breeding of zoo animals in different countries.

You can find our pride of three beautiful lions, Iblis, Kiburi and Kumari next to Oakfield House. Lions enjoy relaxing and lazing around, they spend between 16 and 20 hours each day resting and sleeping. They have few sweat glands so they wisely tend to conserve their energy by resting during the day to conserve their energy at night for when it is cooler.

The Asiatic lion is listed as endangered on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red list. 

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Interesting facts

IUCN Status Endangered
Where they live Gir Forest, India
Habitat Dry, deciduous forest
Size Length: 2.25m
Shoulder height: up to 120cm
Weight Up to 250kg
Threats Hunting and poaching. Habitat loss and fragmentation caused by increased agricultural development. Poisoning by farmers – the reduction in natural prey has led to increasing incidents of lions hunting livestock, bringing them into direct conflict with farmers. Particular vulnerability to unpredictable events such as natural disasters (flooding and fires) and potentially fatal disease epidemics.
Scientific Name Panthera leo persica