‘Special deliveries:’ Brevard Zoo welcomes 3 lion brothers

Lions came from Naples Zoo

Brevard Zoo welcomes three lions. (Brevard Zoo)

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Three lion brothers have joined the Brevard Zoo and making their debut this weekend.

The “special deliveries” arrived Wednesday at the Brevard Zoo, according to a Facebook post.

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“Our trio of lions are now settling in to their new home. Their animal care staff is working hard to ensure their comfort in their new habitat and behind-the-scenes night house,” the zoo posted.

Brevard Zoo lion habitat. (Brevard Zoo)

The lions — Ruaha, Chobe and Karoo — were born at Naples Zoo on May 14, 2019, and marked the first time cubs were born at the zoo in over 30 years.

“In their natural range, male cubs would remain with their pride until they are around 2-3 years old. At that point they leave to form a new pride or take over an existing one. The SSP is able to help replicate this natural behavior. This move allows their parents to possibly breed again and gives the trio a home until they are also paired with potential mates,” Brevard Zoo said on its blog.

The zoo plans to debut the lions on Sunday, May 1, to the public in their temporary exhibit.

Three very special deliveries arrived in an air-conditioned truck yesterday! Our trio of lions are now settling in to their new home. Their animal care staff is working hard to ensure their comfort in their new habitat and behind-the-scenes night house. If all continues to go well, they will officially be on habitat on Sunday, May 1! Stay tuned for more lion content in the coming days!

Posted by Brevard Zoo on Thursday, April 28, 2022

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