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Proud sponsors of the Asian Lions at ZSL London Zoo

 
Liontrust is delighted to be sponsoring the pride of four Asian lions at ZSL London Zoo and supporting the conservation work of the Zoological Society of London.

The Asian lion has an “Endangered” conservation status. The range of the Asian lion in North Africa and South-West Asia formerly stretched across the coastal forests of northern Africa and from northern Greece to eastern India.

The lions now exist as a single isolated population in India’s Gujurat State, numbering around 175. Constant monitoring is required to ensure poaching levels do not increase. Habitat destruction, epidemics, conflict with humans and domestic cattle and declining numbers of prey animals are among the threats to this highly vulnerable species.

The mission of ZSL is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. As the wild population is so vulnerable, those in zoos are crucial to the future conservation of the species.
             
             
           



























Lions at ZSL London Zoo

ZSL London Zoo has four lions in the pride, which is led by Lucifer, the male lion, and three females – Rubi, Heidi and Indi. Lucifer is the dominant male who was born in the Cotswolds in 2002 and came to ZSL London Zoo in 2004. He acts as the protector and head of the pride. He is called Lucifer because his stud book number is 666. Lucifer is a fantastic father to the cubs that he has fathered being protective, playful and a strong leader.

Rubi was born at ZSL London Zoo in 2009, Heidi and Indi were born in August 2011. Heidi is the quiet and cautious one while Indi is feisty and inquisitive. One of their favourite games is to stalk Lucifer and leap out at him.


         

John Ions, Chief Executive of Liontrust, says:

"We are proud to be supporting ZSL London Zoo, and sponsoring the Asian lions especially, because of our admiration and respect for the ZSL’s devotion to the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. Education and discovery is the best way to inspire young and old alike to take a lifelong interest in wild animals.”













ZSL London Zoo
 

ZSL London Zoo is part of a network of breeding programs, European Endangered Species Programmes (EEPs) run by species co-ordinators and supported by experts from zoos around the world.  ZSL London Zoo participates in more than 160 of these conservation breeding programmes and manages 11 of them.  ZSL London Zoo receives over 1million visitors every year, inspiring future generations of conservationists. Education programmes range from school tours and learning sessions to intensive Zoo Academy programmes with teenagers looking to work in zoology.

The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is a charity devoted to the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. Registered Charity in England & Wales: no 208728 The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is a charity devoted to the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. Registered Charity in England & Wales: no 208728