The North Carolina Zoo is temporarily suspending operations
effective March 17 until further notice. More information.
Lions, leopards, and other charismatic large carnivores are declining across Africa. The North Carolina Zoo works towards reversing these declines by equipping conservation staff on the ground with technology to more easily collect information on threats to large cats and other threatened wildlife. By streamlining data collection and reporting efforts in the savannas of southern and western Africa, the Zoo thereby enables protected area managers to make better informed decisions about how best to protect wildlife from illegal activities. You can read more about the Zoo’s work on wild lions and other large African carnivores below, under related resources.
This species is an Association of Zoos and Aquariums SAFEspecies. SAFE seeks to protect threatened and endangered species around the world.
Through training, lions voluntarily stand on scales for weights and open their mouths and present specific body parts for inspection by veterinarians. They also accept vaccine injections and allow blood draws from their tail.
This species is cooperatively managed as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan program program. This program is responsible for developing a Breeding and Transfer Plan for each species in the program.