A pride of Asiatic lions – the world’s rarest lion species – have taken their first steps into a specially-created new home at Chester Zoo.
The new habitat is the largest Asiatic lion habitat in the UK and is designed to recreate the environment of the Gir Forest region of India, where the last few hundred of the species live in the wild.
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A spokesman for Chester Zoo said they wanted the new habitat to raise visitors’ awareness of the threats faced by Asiatic lions in the wild, including human-wildlife conflict, and the conservation action needed to protect the species.
Lionesses Kumari and Kiburi – along with adult male Iblis (all 12 years old) – have been exploring their sprawling new home, before the space opened to visitors for the first time on Friday (October 18).
Also published on Medium.