RACINE -- One of the last African male lion cubs at the Racine Zoo will be moving across the lake this week to a new home.
“Enzi” the lion will move to the Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek, Michigan on Friday. The lion cub was born at the Racine Zoo on July, 7, 2014 and was one of three cubs born to sire lion Aslan and mother Azizi.
The move is recommended by the AZA (Association of Zoos & Aquariums) Lion Species Survival Plan. The zoo says it is in the best interest to transfer Enzi to start a pride of his own. He will be paired with two female lions who are also three-years-old and originally form Asheboro, NC.
“Relocating Enzi is tough since we have had him since birth. He will be greatly missed but we know his future is bright and that this move is truly beneficial for the survival of African Lions.” said Amy Petersen, Primary Carnivore Keeper at the Racine Zoo. “We know Enzi will be in great hands and enjoy his new companions at Binder Park Zoo.”
The Racine Zoo is welcoming the public to visit Enzi from now until Thursday to say farewell and wish him luck for the future, as his caregivers plan for his departure.
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