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Lions Return to Assiniboine Zoo with New Pavilion

June 16, 2010 7:15 AM | News

A new lion exhibit at the Assiniboine Park Zoo will definitely please visitors as the busy summer months approach.

The zoo unveiled the exhibit on Tuesday, which will house a 4-year-old female named Kaya and a 3-year-old male named Xerxes — both of whom came from Ontario, but are originally a species of Africa.


The Zoological Society of Manitoba kicked in $350,000 to help upgrade the $1.3 million facility, which hadn’t kept lions on a permanent basis since 1981. In 2005, a group of lions returned to the zoo after many public inquiries, but were only there for a short period of time. The building previously housed the Giant Panda exhibit.

The zoo hopes to acquire rare Asian lions in a couple years, but for now, visitors will be treated to the African pair.

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