Big Cat House
Keeper Joy here, today I’m going to be sharing some info on my second home: the Big Cat House at Huxley Paleozoo!
Leonidas, one of the Barbary brothers
The Big Cat House is one of the oldest buildings here at Huxley, located just south of the main entrance. It houses all 3 of the extinct felines here at Huxley, this includes our small pride of Smilodon fatalis, our pair of Barbary lions and our American lion cubs.
Each enclosure includes both an outdoor and indoor section which the cats can move between freely during the day, the indoor portions are however off-view from the public. The “House” itself features a nursery (also off-view from the public), educational sections about each feline, and a rest area.
As mentioned above, the Big Cat House features 3 kinds of extinct felines. First are our pride of Smilodon fatalis which is made up of dominant male Half Tooth, adult female Lady and young female Brea. Second is Leonidas and Spartacus, our Barbary lion brothers. Lastly, and the newest members of the house, are Atrox and Sabor, our American lion cubs (who are now being weaned, by the way!) At this time, they still alternate between the nursery and their main enclosure.