Storm Eunice may have wreaked havoc on the nation, but it has also managed to blow five lions our way!
From this week visitors will be able to see a new pride of lions that have arrived at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo for a ‘holiday’ after their habitat at Africa Alive in Suffolk was damaged by Storm Eunice.
The Zoological Society of East Anglia, which runs Africa Alive, reached out to Whipsnade Zoo to see if we might be able to temporarily care for the lions, while the fencing around their habitat is rebuilt.
The three male lions Zero, Tor and Jabu, and two lionesses Mo and Kaya, will stay at Whipsnade Zoo until May in our African lion habitat.
Zoological Manager Matthew Webb said: “We are very glad we were able to help the Zoological Society of East Anglia in their hour of need and are really looking forward to getting to know the new pride during their stay with us.
“Our expert team of keepers and vets are working hard to ensure that Zero, Tor, Jabu, Mo and Kaya are settled and content, and the team at Africa Alive are sharing lots of information about their likes, dislikes and daily routine so that they feel right at home here straightaway.”
You can see the pride out and about in Whipsnade Zoo’s African lion habitat from today (Thursday 24 February).