photo - siyanda, our brown lion, with mane around his face, and on top of his head, with look of "when can I go back to my enclosure"

Louisville Zoo Welcomes New Male Lion

CONTACT: Kyle Shepherd
Direct: 502-238-5331  |  Media Only: 502-744-5639

There’s a new cat in town! Meet Siyanda — a new 3-year-old African male lion comes to the Louisville Zoo from the Fort Worth Zoo in Texas. He was born March 30, 2015.

Siyanda has completed his standard 30 day quarantine and will be on exhibit in rotation with 21-year-old Kariba.


Once ranging throughout Africa, they are now found mainly in sub-Saharan regions. Largest surviving concentrations in southeastern Africa. Several northern subspecies are now extinct. African lions are listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.


The Louisville Zoo, a nonprofit organization and state zoo of Kentucky, is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

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