Since Adelor passed away, many visitors have asked when Myra would get a companion at the Kovler Lion House. I’m happy to announce that a male lion, Sahar, is now in quarantine at Lincoln Park Zoo, waiting to be introduced in the near future.
Sahar at the Bronx Zoo in February. Photo by Julie Larsen Maher © WCS
The 2-year-old lion comes to us from the Bronx Zoo, where he was born in January 2010. As he’s still maturing, his mane is just starting to come in. It’s a little wispy now but should reach full length in a couple years.
Like all Lincoln Park Zoo arrivals, Sahar is spending some time in veterinary quarantine at the C.H. “Doc” Searle, M.D. Animal Hospital—a safeguard to protect animal health. Once he’s cleared, animal care staff will begin a careful introduction process. Objects will first be transferred between Sahar and Myra’s living areas to introduce the big cats to one another’s scents.
Eventually the pair will see each other through protective mesh—first at a distance, then at closer quarters. Finally, when animal care staff feel they’re ready, the lions will likely be introduced in their outdoor yard, which has plenty of room for them to get to know one another.
I appreciate all the hard work our animal care staff and the Lion Species Survival Plan® put into bringing Sahar to the zoo. We look forward to the lion introduction, and I’ll be sure to keep you informed as they get to know one another.