At least one of the Asian Lions is now on display at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. He is very nervous and was pacing while I was there, but they have blocked off most of the display to give him some privacy (which is hard in a round enclosure that is completely open to the public). Normally, you can go all the way around to see in from all angles, but you could only cover 1/2 the area when I was there. He was pacing in the area that was blocked off.
I’m not sure where his brother was and that could be part of why he was so nervous.
Asian Lions are quite rare and I heard that these are the only ones on display in North America. It seems a little strange that the zoo got 2 brothers instead of a male and female for breeding purposes, but maybe a female has been planned. I do miss the beautiful pair of African Lions, but we no longer have them now. The African pair were only here while we waited for the Asians to arrive.
They are just over 2 years old, so are still young lions.
Here are some pictures of the one I saw and I don’t know whether it was Bhanu (sun) or Kamal (perfection).
These pictures were taken late morning when it was very warm outside. Normally lions would be sleeping – so you know he is stressed. The only way to get them used to people watching them all the time is to allowed limited access, like they have here, but I’m not sure why only one lion was out. I would think they would handle it better together.
So far on Africam today we have seen a wild cheetah, Salome and her cubs, Elephant, Giraffe, Nyala, Wildebeest, Woolly-necked Stork, Waterbuck, Zebra, Kudu, Black Eagle and chick, Leopard, Side-striped Jackal and various bokkies. Click here to see all of today’s pictures.