2 African Lions Join The Pride At The Detroit Zoo [PHOTOS/VIDEO]

May 15, 2019 - 11:04 am

(WWJ) There are a couple of new residents lyin' around at the Detroit Zoo. 

The Zoo announced Wednesday that two African lionesses have joined the pride: 3-year-old sisters Asha and Amirah, having come from Buffalo, New York on the recommendation of a species survival program.

Zoo officials say the big cats are settling in nicely with 10-year-old Simba, a six-year Royal Oak resident who was once owned by the royal family of Qatar.

Detroit Zoo Lioness
(credit: Detroit Zoo/Jennie Miller)

"They are being slowly introduced to Simba, who seems excited about the new additions to his pride,” said Scott Carter, chief life sciences officer for the Detroit Zoological Society (DZS). “This summer, Zoo visitors will be able to watch them hanging out together, and we are hopeful the pride will grow even larger with the addition of cubs in the next year or so.”

Detroit Zoo visitors can see the lions year-round in their 9,600-square-foot habitat, which features a 17-foot-tall acrylic wall for a close-up view of the charismatic felines. Warming rocks near the front of the habitat provide the big cats a toasty perch for people-watching in cooler weather..

Detroit Zoo Lioness
(credit: Detroit Zoo/Jennie Miller)

Lionesses - Asha and Amirah
(credit: Detroit Zoo/Jennie Miller)

Detroit Zoo Lioness
(credit: Detroit Zoo/Jennie Miller)

The lion habitat is also home to female Erin, estimated to be about 18 years old, who was rescued from a junkyard in Kansas in 2009. The average lifespan for lions is 17 years.

Located just of I-696 in Royal Oak, the Detroit Zoo's 125 acres of award-winning naturalistic habitats are home to 2,400 animals representing 235 species. 

For hours, prices, directions and other information, call 248-541-5717 or visit detroitzoo.org.