At ZSL London Zoo we have a pride of four amazing Asiatic lions, made up of one male and three females.
Our three females are all sisters and were born here at the Zoo. Rubi is 9 years old and the twins, Indi and Heidi are 7 years old. Bhanu the male is 8 years old and only arrived from Canada a little over two years ago.
Get to know these incredible individuals, each with their own unique personalities; hear from our experts Jim and Kate about how to spot the difference between the three sisters, what scents Bhanu loves and how to tell these lions apart from their African cousins.
About our lions
Before Bhanu arrived at London he had only lived with his brother so he had a big task in front of him dealing with three feisty lionesses.
Lucky Bhanu was up for the task and after initially being shy he found his confidence and is now king of the lions here at ZSL London Zoo. Even though Bhanu rules “Land of the Lions” he can still be a softy and loves rolling around with all four feet in the air in some of his favourite scents like turmeric or an old Christmas tree. Rubi is the grumpy old sister that tends to stay out of the limelight and gets picked on by her younger sisters.
Indi always wants to be at the front of the pack and is the first to enrichment or training. She also has a cute black beauty spot just above her whiskers.
Heidi watches over her food and will even tell Bhanu off if he gets too close.
Asiatic lion conservation
With only approximately 600 Asiatic lions left in the wild, living in one very small area of India within in the Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary and adjoining areas, in Gujarat, this is a chance to see our majestic Asiatic lions up close and learn more about them.
As part of our global conservation programme, ZSL is working with the Wildlife Institute of India and the Gujarat forest department to support the continued recovering of the Asiatic Lion, as the good news is the population is growing.
Liontrust, the specialist fund management company, are proud supporters of our Asiatic Lions.
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