The king of the wild cats Leo
10.11.2005 - 30. 7. 2020
Leo belongs into the group of our first animals from a private owner, who had them from a circus, but unfortunately couldn't care for them anymore, since the care for the animals is very financially demanding. He shares his enclosure in our park with Elsa and Suria and he is the father of Alex and Diego. He is the oldest lion king of the Malkia Park.
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.
With great regret, we had to say goodbye to Leo forever on July 30, 2020. He would celebrate his 15th birthday this year if he will recovered from chronic pneumonia. Unfortunately, no treatment helped him at this advanced age.
Thank you all for your support.