lions in zoos


Cuddling with mom! by Tambako The Jaguar
Via Flickr:
One of the two girls together with her mom, cuddling and starting to yawn. So cute!

World Wildlife Fund, in collaboration with the London Zoological Society, published a study entitled, “Living Planet Report 2014,” that addresses the issue of global species loss. Overall, the report deduced that in the past 40 years, the world has lost a stunning 52 percent of wildlife. That means that if you were born in 1970, the world has lost over half of the species that existed at your birth.

The first step in making change is spreading knowledge, so share this infographic and let’s spread the word that the world’s species need our help now!


Birthday Zoo Trip!

Is that… omg is that… A NEW VIDEO? Been quite the crazy week, but here is our visit to the Zoo for my birthday :D
More than 100 animals die at Dublin Zoo in just two years
Between 2014 and 2016 109 animals died at the zoo in the Irish capital - including a significant number of critically endangered species that are extinct or nearly extinct in the wild
By Rachel Bishop


Two Rothschild giraffes (one male and one female), which are one of the rarest species of giraffe, with only an estimated 1,500 left in the wild.

A southern white rhinoceros, of which there are only 20,000 left in the wild.

Five African painted dogs. It is estimated that only 7,000 exist in the wild.

Three white-tipped mangabeys – a red-list endangered species. Numbers have halved in the past 27 years.

A Rodrigues flying fox – a bat listed as critically endangered by the IUCN. Zoos have been trying to breed the bat in an effort to prevent extinction.

A female grey wolf.

Three Humboldt penguins – considered “vulnerable” by the IUCN as a result of climate change and overfishing. There are between 3,000 and 12,000 left in the wild.

An African spurred tortoise – the third largest species of tortoise in the world. It is classed as vulnerable. It has an average lifespan of between 50 and 150 years although some live much longer.

Three Eastern Pygmy Marmosets, representing half the population at Dublin Zoo. These are the world’s smallest monkeys, weighing just 100 grams.

Four Asiatic lions, which are a red-listed endangered species.

Four Waldrapp Ibis – a critically endangered heron, of which there are only 500 left in the wild and 1,000 in zoos.

One Asian water dragon – a lizard that can grow up to one metre in length and can live for up to 15 years.

A female red panda – an endangered species.

Another scimitar-horned oryx (male).

One Grant’s zebra – the smallest subspecies of zebra.

Two African hunting dogs. The Zoo had two of these on loan. Both died.They are endangered with a current population of around 6,000.

Two female grey wolves.

11 Chilean flamingos – two of which were on loan to Dublin Zoo.

Five red-ruffed lemurs – a critically endangered species with a captive population of only around 500.

Five Eastern Pygmy Marmosets.

Two Sulawesi Crested Macaques – a critically endangered species of monkey.

Six Asiatic lions.



african lion Wildlands JN6A0219 by safi kok

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Missouri, May 28, 1908

Wikipedia says that:

The zoo initially held 51 deer and antelope, 11 buffaloes, a sacred cow, a sandhill crane, 20 prairie dogs, a dromedary camel, eagles, ducks, elk, foxes, geese, swans, rabbits, a raccoon, a China sheep, opossums, a buzzard, owls, peafowl, among other animals.

By 1921 they had begun to build bear pits, a reptile house and a primate house. Big Cat Country was added in 1976.

Today the St Louis Zoo does have lions, tigers and hippos! The park commissioner would be proud.