Zoo Boise is welcoming a new female African lion in early March, born at the Santa Barbara Zoo in November 2020 to mom Felicia and dad Ralph. The two-year-old lion is coming to Zoo Boise as part of a partnership with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), of which both zoos are members. This collaboration aims to support conservation efforts, education, science, and recreation, as well as the genetic health and longevity of various species, including African lions.
Zoo Boise currently has one male lion, Revan, and the new lioness was paired with him through the Species Survival Plan, a cooperative conservation program by the AZA. The lioness will not be used for breeding, but rather as a companion to Revan.
Upon arrival, the lion will undergo a quarantine period before being placed on exhibit. During that time, Zoo Boise’s staff will work to make her comfortable and familiarize her with her new surroundings. Once the quarantine period is over, the new lioness will be introduced to the public, and the zoo will announce the occasion.
The City of Boise owns Zoo Boise, and it is managed by the Boise Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with the Friends of Zoo Boise nonprofit. The zoo is located in Julia Davis Park and accredited by the AZA, a national organization that promotes animal care, conservation, education, and science excellence.
Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway is thrilled about the new addition, stating, “We are excited about this important addition to Zoo Boise. The young lioness will help us further our conservation mission. We look forward to her joining Revan in our African lion exhibit soon.”
Zoo Boise’s staff expresses gratitude for the community’s patience throughout the introduction process and cannot wait for everyone to meet the new lioness.
The arrival of a new female African lion to Zoo Boise is a significant addition to the zoo and its conservation efforts. This partnership with the AZA is a great example of zoos working together to support the genetic health and longevity of various species. Zoo Boise’s staff is eagerly preparing for the lioness’s arrival and looks forward to introducing her to the public soon.