AKRON, OH (WOIO) - The Akron Zoo's female African lion, Shani, will be leaving for the Naples Zoo in Florida next week. The Akron Zoo will be receiving a female lion, Mandisa, from the Naples Zoo at the same time. The lions are being moved as a recommendation from the Lion Species Survival Plan (SSP).
Shani arrived at the Akron Zoo in 2007 from the Fort Worth Zoo where she was born in 2005. She is being transferred to the Naples Zoo to be paired with a male lion for breeding purposes as part of the Lion SSP. Mandisa was born July 19, 2008 at the NEW Zoo in Greenbay, WI. At this time the Akron Zoo does not have a breeding recommendation for Mandisa and the zoo's male lion Tamarr. Once Mandisa arrives she will go through a 30-day quarantine period in the zoo's Roger J. Sherman Center for Animal Care facility before being moved to the lion exhibit and introduced to Tamarr. Shani will continue to be on exhibit through Sunday, January 6, 2013.
African lions are indigenous to the grasslands and semi-arid plains of sub-Saharan Africa. African lion populations are classified as vulnerable, with numbers declining due to habitat loss throughout Africa. Lions are Africa's largest carnivore.
The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. Winter hours are 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and winter admission is $6 per person. Children under two are free and parking is $2.00. For more information visit www.akronzoo.org or call (330) 375-2550.