Our magnificent African Lions call either Adelaide Zoo or Monarto Zoo home. Over the last 21 years, the lion population in the wild is believed to have been reduced by 43% – the equivalent of 3 generations. With approximately 16,000 – 30,000 African Lions left in the wild, the African Lion is now classified as Vulnerable to extinction.
Monarto Zoo is home to one of Australia’s largest lion prides. Housing 11 lions (five adult females, one adult male and five juveniles), the habitat is always a hive of activity.
In 2003, Monarto Zoo received its first ever lions, two brothers called Levi & Leroy. Two years later, our first females arrived. This was the start of Monarto’s lion pride.
We have successfully bred 4 litters of cubs from Levi & Leroy before their passing. Zoos SA is committed to further breeding programs at Monarto Zoo of this amazing species.
Time is of the essence as our adult females are now heading into their latter years. It is vital that we start planning to ensure the sustainability of the pride. We also have a very small number of current male lions, so potential breeding options are limited in the long term unless we act now.
Please give what you can below to help protect African Lions now and in the future by supporting Levi & Leroy’s Legacy today.