Majestic lions

We’re joining a global campaign to celebrate the most majestic of all big cats today.

It’s World Lion Day and we’re raising awareness of their plight on Planet Earth.

We’ll be manning an information and biofact stand outside the one-acre enclosure throughout the day where visitors can discover the threats lions face and ways you can help.

Curator Richard Brown, said: “We hope visitors will take time out to learn more about lions today.

“Today there are only several hundred Asiatic lions like our three – Jetpur, Kyra and Asha – surviving in the wild and these are restricted to the Gir Forest Wildlife Sanctuary in Western India, which is an area smaller than Greater London.

“To think thousands once prowled the planet, it’s incomprehensible to think we could soon see a world without these majestic beasts.

“They face a number of threats, mainly due to the destruction of their habitat and they’re still hunted and killed by poachers too.”

As part of our awareness day, we’ll also be raising funds for lion conservation projects by holding a raffle for a lion adoption and one of our fab chenille cushions from the Safari Shop featuring our male, Jetpur – with the winner drawn at 3.30pm.

If you’re visiting today make sure you pay a visit to see our three lions and discover how DZG is part of a major international conservation programme working for the survival of their endangered species.