Conservation in Action
The Indianapolis Zoo is working with partners around the globe to save wild things in wild places.
In September 2015, we celebrated the birth of three African lion cubs at the Indianapolis Zoo. These newborns are growing quickly and so are their appetites! It has been a joy to watch them navigate their new world, knowing that their biggest obstacle is conquering the largest rock on exhibit or winning a wrestling match with one of their siblings.
In the wild, lions are facing tremendous challenges and severe adversity for survival. African lions are listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list and populations are decreasing. Their population is estimated around 20,000 spread throughout sub-Saharan Africa. In the last 20 years alone, their population has decreased by 40 percent.
Human conflict is the biggest reason for their decline. Livestock grazing and agriculture result in the destruction of habitat and reduce available prey. In addition, the bush meat trade supplies lion body parts for traditional medicine in both Africa and Asia. It is a grim picture, but we are ever hopeful that our lions serve as ambassadors for their wild counterparts and inspire people to secure their future. Our pride counts on keepers like myself and veterinarians for their excellent care. They also count on donors like you. Especially when it comes to their voracious appetites!
Join us today with a tax-deductible donation to ensure Enzi, Mashaka and Sukari live healthy, enriched lives, full of their favorite things.
Together We Can Make an Impact!
Learn more about the cubs and see how your donation makes an impact. To see all giving opportunities, visit our Donate Now page.
For more information on special opportunities, please contact us at 317-630-2049 or firstname.lastname@example.org.