She's the new female African lion at the Akron Zoo, and Mandisa is ready to meet the public.
The Zoo says Mandisa, who came from the Naples Zoo in Florida, is now on exhibit with the zoo's male lion, Tamarr.
Mandisa takes the place of the previous female lion at the Akron Zoo, Shani, who was sent to Mandisa's old home zoo in Florida as a part of the Lion Species Survival Plan.
There's no recommendation - at least yet - for breeding between Mandisa and Tamarr, but the zoo says they get along "great" and will be on exhibit every day together.
(Akron Zoo - news release) The Akron Zoo’s new female African lion, Mandisa, is now on exhibit. Mandisa, acquired from the Naples Zoo in January, will be on exhibit with the zoo’s male lion Tamarr. The Akron Zoo’s female lion, Shani, was moved to the Naples Zoo when Mandisa arrived. The moves were a recommendation from the Lion Species Survival Plan (SSP).
Mandisa was born July 19, 2008 at the NEW Zoo in Greenbay, WI. Once Mandisa arrived she went through a 30-day quarantine period in the zoo’s Roger J. Sherman Center for Animal Care facility before being moved to the lion exhibit and introduced to Tamarr. Mandisa currently weighs 289 pounds and eats up to seven pounds of meat per day. According to the zoo’s Animal Care staff, Mandisa and Tamarr have gotten along great and both lions will be on exhibit daily together. At this time the Akron Zoo does not have a breeding recommendation for Mandisa and Tamarr.
African lions are indigenous to the grasslands and semi-arid plains of sub-Saharan Africa. African lion populations are classified as vulnerable, with numbers declining due to habitat loss throughout Africa. Lions are Africa’s largest carnivore.
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Founded in 1953, the Akron Zoo is a non-profit, world conservation zoo with over 700 animals from around the world. Located just west of Downtown Akron, the zoo strives to provide a dynamic, financially responsible, guest centered animal experience that is energized by innovation and fun. The Akron Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.