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Desert lion Kiara


Kiara's journey from the circus

Kiara got to us as a 5-month-old scared cub without a bit of trust towards humans. Well, it's not surprising… She was born in Hungarian circus from where she was brought to Slovakia along with her sister. For a few months they lived in inappropriate conditions. She found support in a now deceased lion Julius. Now she gets along the best with Kevin but she has fun with Alex and Diego as well, since she has a very playful nature.

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.

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