ZSL London Zoo’s newest and most breath-taking exhibit transports visitors from the heart of London to India’s vibrant Sasan Gir, where they can get closer than ever before to mighty Asiatic lions.
Three walkways cover the 2,500sqm exhibit with thrilling, immersive Indian-themed areas to explore - including a train station, crumbling temple clearing, high street and guard hut.
For the first time, big cat lovers can embark on an interactive Indian adventure as they help ZSL’s forest rangers deal with a ‘lion-emergency’ in the Gir Forest, and lend a hand to the veterinary team who come to the rescue.
Land of the Lions will inform, inspire and excite wildlife lovers of all ages and promises to be an experience unlike any other!
Liontrust, the specialist fund management company, are proud sponsors of ZSL's Asiatic Lions Campaign.
Gir Lion Lodge
Born at Zoo Madgeburg in Germany on May 13th 2010, Bhanu moved to Assiniboine Park Zoo in Canada with his brother Kamal around the age of two, before calling ZSL London Zoo home in March 2016. Our six year old male's name is Hindi for 'the sun' and he's a very talkative lion, so listen out for his deep rumbling chatter.
Seven year old Rubi is the oldest of our three sisters and also the shyest. You'll most likely find her doing her own thing, lying in the sun or watching her sisters play. Born at ZSL London Zoo on June 8th 2009, Rubi's favourite foods include rabbit and joints of horse.
One of the younger sisters, four year old Heidi was born at ZSL London Zoo on August 28th 2011. She's the most motherly of our three sisters and can often be seen grooming and licking the other females. She's also a bit of a chatterbox, so if you hear one of the girls roaring, it's likely to be her.
The most affectionate of our girls, Indi is mostly likely to be seen play fighting with her sister Heidi. The two look very similar and the way to tell them apart is by the tell-tale black freckles on Indi's left cheek. Also born at ZSL London Zoo on August 28th 2011, her favourite food is duck.
Join the pride!
Asiatic lions are clinging to survival in one small isolated forest area of Western India. At the top of the food chain apex predators like Asiatic lions play a crucial role in maintaining healthy ecosystems, even protecting plant life by keeping down the population of grazing animals. Their loss therefore could not only be a tragedy in itself but could create a cascade of harmful effects through the entire habitat.
Join the ZSL pride to help ensure a future for Asiatic lions and receive a limited edition Asiatic lion champion pack.
How ZSL is working for Asiatic lions:
- Rapid response teams: ZSL is working with local partners to support Asiatic lion conservation in the Gir and surrounding areas, where 500 Asiatic lions live. This includes training and equipping rapid response teams to rescue and rehabilitate injured lions.
- New technology: Simple technology such as GPS units and hand held electronic devices can help to ensure effective patrols of the protected Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary. Just £40 could provide a GPS unit to help track and monitor lions.
- Working with Sakkarbaug Zoo: Sakkarbaug Zoo is located in Gujarat and has a population of Asiatic lions. ZSL will train their staff in best practices in animal care and breeding. With just £400 we could even fly a lion keeper from Sakkarbaug Zoo in Gujarat to London for special lion care training.
- ZSL London Zoo’s Land of the Lions: ZSL’s two zoos play a central role in educating the public on conservation issues and supporting global conservation breeding, ensuring a ‘safety net’ against extinction and protecting the genetic viability of species. ZSL’s new Land of the Lions exhibit will inspire our visitors and also supports an international breeding effort.
You will receive a limited edition Asiatic lion Champion pack, which will include information on these amazing animals and their habitat as well as postcards, badges, stickers and a fold-up lion friend.
You will also receive a ZSL Wild About magazine three times a year and regular email updates on our work.
Asiatic lions are a subspecies of lions which are slightly smaller than their African counterpart. While they were once found right across the Middle East and northern India by the beginning of the 20th century they had been hunted so intensively that approximately only 20 remained.
Today, conservation efforts mean that numbers have recovered to the point that there are now just over 500 lions ranging across an area of Western India. Yet there is still more to be done to ensure their continued survival.