African Lion
African Lion
Plains
ABout African Lion

THESE INTIMIDATING ANIMALS MARK THEIR AREA OR TERRITORY BY ROARING MENACINGLY TO WARN INTRUDERS AND CHASE OFF ANIMALS THAT ENCROACH ON THEIR TURF.

Female lions are the primary hunters of the pride. They work together to gather food for their young.

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Facts & Statistics
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Average Size
4.5-6.5 feet
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Native Region
Africa
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Eating Habits
Anything from rodents to rhinos
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Conservation Status
Vulnerable
Distinguishing characteristics

Nyack sports a large mane that helps give him the appearance of a larger size. He can often be heard roaring on exhibit as he is a very vocal lion. He weighs about 350 pounds.

Fun Facts

Nyack is very laid back and tolerant of the new cubs. He allows them to investigate and play with his mane. He loves spices and boomer balls as enrichment.

Distinguishing characteristics

She can be found in the exhibit keeping an eye on her three cubs. She weighs around 325 pounds, just 25 pounds less than Nyack.

Fun Facts

Zuri gave birth to her first litter of cubs in September 2015. She is a very attentive and protective mother to her three cubs, Mashaka, Enzi and Sukari.

Distinguishing characteristics

Enzi, like his brother and sister, continue to grow very quickly. He is more laid back but very curious. He enjoys chasing and stalking kids at the glass on exhibit.

Fun Facts

Enzi, meaning powerful, is courageous and likes climbing on rocks and limbs outdoors.

Distinguishing characteristics

Mashaka is the mischievious cub and enjoys playing with Nyack's mane. He also enjoys wrestling his siblings.

Fun Facts

Mashaka loves exploring the exhibit in the afternoons and loves playing with his entire family, especially with Nyack, their father. His name means "troublemaker."

Distinguishing characteristics

Sukari is oftentimes seen very close to mom Zuri. She enjoys hanging out with Zuri or lying beside Nyack.

Fun Facts

Sukari, like her brothers, love ice treats! She enjoys climbing on the rocks and limbs in the exhibit with her brothers. Her name means "sweet".

Come see for yourself.

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Where are they at the Zoo?
The African Lions are located in the Plains Exhibit.
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Additional Experiences
Lion Chat
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Pounce on the chance to learn about our African lions during one of our newest chats! You may hear our five vocal lions from their exhibit in the Plains area. With the addition of three curious cubs in Sept. 2015 comes a mixture of fun personalities! During a keeper’s training demonstration, keep an eye out for the playful siblings as they often like to join in on each other’s demonstration. While you experience the pride’s dynamics, find out more about these incredible cats and the challenges they face in Central Africa.

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Sponsor a Lion

The Animal Amigo program helps care for all of the animals at the Zoo by funding food, medical treatment, equipment, enrichment toys, and habitat improvement for the animals in our care. For a donation of $100 or more, you can sponsor a lion at the Indianapolis Zoo. You will receive a plush, collector card, certificate and recognition on the Animal Amigo donor board!

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