Trunkline Magazine (Louisville Zoo) June 2018 - Page 5

Kianga Masai Giraffe Age: 18 Months Arrived: March 16, 2018 On exhibit: Now in Rotation "Shy and Sweet" Siyanda Africa n Lion Age: 3 Years old Arrived: May 2, 2018 On exhibit: mid-June "A Big Blonde Beauty" Majestic lion Siyanda came to the Louisville Zoo on May 2, 2018. He is just over 3 years old and comes to us from the Fort Worth Zoo where he was born. His name is African in origin and means “we are increas- ing.” Siyanda appears to be a “very relaxed cat” according to Assistant Curator Mike Jones, who says he is settling in to his new environment “as if he has always been there.” Siyanda is a very light-colored lion with a not yet fully-developed mane. He already weighs 404 pounds and eats about 10 pounds of meat per day. His keepers believe he could potentially reach over 450 If you’ve visited the Louisville Zoo giraffe house lately, Kianga has probably already caught your eye! Kianga arrived on March 16, 2018 from the Los Angeles Zoo and she’s only 18 months old. She’s easily distinguishable from stately giraffe Malaika, the tallest giraffe in our herd, and Baridi, our young male socialite, be- cause she’s much smaller (though she still weighs approximately 1,200 pounds)! While Kianga is shy and still getting accus- tomed to her new environment, she seems fond of spending time with Malaika and is usually seen by her side. Kianga also has started to participate in more of our public giraffe feedings that occur Wednesday through Monday at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Kianga eats grain and alfalfa but her favorite treats are apples and carrots. You can visit her in the giraffe exhibit in the Africa Zone. pounds. Siyanda will be an impor- tant animal for his species because he was born to parents that origi- nally came from a South African Wildlife facility. This means he is from a rare bloodline in the United States and is unrelated to many other lions in managed environ- ments. This will help to ensure continued genetic diversity for lions in man- aged environ- ments and will help to provide a safeguard against the extinction of the species. Lions were once found across Africa and through- out Asia but now live mostly in designated national parks or hunting areas. Only approximately 30,000 lions remain in Africa and about 300 in India, ac- cording to the Wildlife Conservation Society. You can see Siyanda in the Africa Zone starting in mid-June on rotation with geriatric 21-year-old female lion Kariba. You may see him alone at first as he gets acclimated to his new environment. However, in the future we hope to bring in other female lions to become part of Siyanda’s family group per recommendations from the African Lion Species Survival Plan. Louisville Zoo Trunkline • Summer 2018 • 5