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Santa Barbara Zoo to add two new African lions

Posted at 5:55 PM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 22:03:21-04

The Santa Barbara Zoo is preparing to welcome two new African lions.

The zoo has had several lions over the years, but their exhibit has been empty since the death of African lion, Chadwick, in December 2019. He was 21-years-old.

"We're bursting with 'pride' to welcome these new lions to Santa Barbara. It's during times like this that we build hope and strength in our future, and we know these new additions will bring so much joy and happiness to our community," said Rich Block, Santa Barbara Zoo President/CEO.

The zoo's first lion was a male named Dandylion, who arrived in 1970.

The zoo is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic but is sharing photos and videos of their animals on social media, and they plan to share more about the lions as they get closer to debuting the big cats.