Cyrus
Born: 1996
Arrived: March 1997
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Louie
Born: 1995
Arrived: October 26, 2000 
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Louie
Delilah
Born: 1992
Arrived: May 1992
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Uhuru/Freedom
Born: October 3, 2003
Arrived: January 18, 2005
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Henson
Born: 1999
Arrived: Early 2000
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Zeus
Born: July 7, 1999
Arrived: July 6, 2002
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King
Born: 1997
Arrived: May 1998
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Zoe
Born: 1996
Arrived: March 1997
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Lily
Lily
Born: 1999
Arrived: March 2000
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Often called the King of Beasts, the lion (Panthera leo) is the second largest member of the cat family. A large male lion measures from 9 to 10 feet (2.7 to 3.0 meters), including the tufted tail, and stands more than 3 feet (0.9 meter) tall at the shoulders. He can weigh about 400 pounds (180 kilograms). His body is covered with short yellow-brown hair, and a coarse mane grows on his head, neck, and shoulders. The mane provides a clue to the lion's health and protects the lion's neck. Lionesses do not have a mane and usually are more slender and about a foot shorter than the male.
Studies have shown that females prefer males with dark manes but no one his sure why. Might be a good indicator of health, fathering or stronger in fights.
Lions are social creatures, forming groups called prides, which may consist of up to 12 related females and their cubs, and up to six males. Much of the hunting is done by the lionesses. Lions were once widespread across Africa, southern Europe, the Middle East, and India. Now they are largely confined to the plains of East Africa, with a few scattered colonies elsewhere, including the Gir Forest in Northern India.

Lions grab and pull down their prey or knock it to the ground with a body slam. They have the power to take down an adult cape buffalo. Lions do not chew their food, they saw off a chunk and swallow it.
A lion's roar carries 5 miles or more an serves as a vocal marker of territory.
The gestation period of the lion is 100-119 days.
 
 
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