Savannah and Amali, two African lions at the Seneca Park Zoo, will be leaving the zoo in December.
The two female lionesses will be heading to Milwaukee County Zoo in Wisconsin, as part of a recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP).
Savannah, born at Seneca Park Zoo in 2013, and named through a public contest, may receive a future breeding recommendation with one of the Milwaukee County Zoo’s male lions, according to zoo officials.
She is particularly desirable because her parents, Chester and Asha, who will continue to reside at the Seneca Park Zoo, represent new genes in the North American population of African lions in conservation care.
Amali was born at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo in March 2013, and has resided at Seneca Park Zoo since July 2013. However, because she has more relatives in the population in conservation care, Amali does not currently have a breeding recommendation. However, her companionship to Savannah will play an important role in the move, as the lionesses behave as sisters, the zoo said.
“This move gives us the opportunity to once again allow our adult lions to reproduce and fulfill our ongoing participation in the African Lion SSP,” Larry Sorel, county zoo director, stated. “With fewer lions, the staff will be able to focus on providing increased enrichment, and preparation, for future additions to the zoo family.”
Savannah and Amali will be on exhibit from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily, until they leave the zoo. The zoo is open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily, and once on the grounds, visitors may stay until 4 p.m. Visit senecaparkzoo.org for admission rates and additional zoo information.