Bristol Zoo lions move to Big Cat Sanctuary in Kent

Bristol Zoo lions move to Big Cat Sanctuary in Kent
Bristol Zoo lions move to Big Cat Sanctuary in Kent

The 2 Asiatic lions, who’re a non-breeding pair, will keep collectively in Kent

A pair of lions have moved to a brand new residence after their zoo closed.

Sahee and Sonika have been a well-known sight for guests to Bristol Zoo since 2019 however have now moved to the Big Cat Sanctuary in Kent.

Bristol Zoo shut its Clifton site in September 2022, and plenty of of its animals went to attraction Wild Place, on the northern outskirts of the town.

The 2 Asiatic lions, who’re a non-breeding pair, will keep collectively in Kent.

Sahee got here to Bristol Zoo from Paris in 2019 to be a part of Sonika, who had moved to the conservation attraction earlier that yr.

Mammals team leader at Bristol Zoo Alan Toyne looks at the camera

Workers have been working “intensively” with the animals for weeks

Mammals staff chief at Bristol Zoo, Alan Toyne, mentioned the crates the 2 lions have been taken to Kent in had been positioned in their enclosure earlier than they left, so they might get used to them earlier than they have been moved.

He and different employees had been working “intensively” with the animals for a couple of weeks to get them prepared for the journey, utilising the truth that the lions are very “meals focussed”, he added.

Mr Toyne defined: “The [transport] crates have gotten doorways at both finish so the animals bought used to strolling by means of them, and bought snug with them being in their enclosure.

“We then progressed to shutting one of many doorways and feeding them utilizing horsemeat on some very lengthy tweezers, so that they bought used to being in that crate and consuming.

“Then we start to shut the sliding doorways behind them. It is all about getting the animal used to that crate so when the time comes, there isn’t any actual stress concerned for them.”

Mr Toyne mentioned the lions had totally different personalities.

Male lion Sahee

Alan Toyne mentioned Sahee was “beautiful” however “not as intelligent” as Sonika

“I might say Sahee will not be as intelligent as Sonika the feminine. She may be very switched on, does all the fitting, right lion behaviour.

“He is a stunning animal however once in a while he’ll bump right into a tree or stumble over a log.”

Mr Toyne mentioned it was “unhappy” to be saying goodbye to Sahee and Sonika, however they have been going to residence with the “beautiful staff” in Kent.

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