Lioness Elza, heroin from a circus
Elza belongs into the group of our first animals from a private owner, who was taking care of several cats from the circus at the time and who wasn't managing the care. Because of the costly care for these cats he couldn't care for them anymore and so these animals were taken into the Malkia Park. Elza is the eldest queen of the Malkia Park and the mother of our Malkia and Alex.
Lion is the biggest predator in Africa, the males can grow up to 3 m in length from the top of their nose to the end of their tail and they can weight on average about 180-250 kg. Their roar can he heard for about 5-8 km and they can survive without water for about 3-4 days.
A century ago the lion population was approximately 200 000 individuals. Today there are less than 30 000 and 80% animals have disappeared from their original habitat.
Lions, the kings of animals have been a popular symbol of majesty and bravery for millennia. What`s happening to this iconic animal? The human factor is the main reason of decreasing of their population. Their threat in the wild are poachers, the loss of their natural habitat as well as the trophy hunters. Lions are still abused in circuses all over the world.