African Lioness Mona arrived last November to Safe Haven from a closing roadside zoo in Colorado with over 100 animals in need of new homes.
We constructed a large shift area with a den attached to African Lion Ifaw’s enclosure to slowly introduce them to each other.
African Lions are very social in the wild and we were confident that given enough time to become acquainted, would be a successful introduction. 18-year old Ifaw had lost his enclosure mate Kovu several years ago and Mona had also lost her enclosure mate.
Once we noticed positive signs from their interactions through the enclosure shared wall, we finally allowed Mona access to the main enclosure. It was an immediate and complete success! Both Ifaw and Mona had become inseparable until Ifaw’s passing in late 2017. Mona is now waiting to have a new enclosure mate to run around with and have fun.
Mona has been with us for 1 year.
About African Lions
The African lion’s mane helps to protect them when fighting. Roaring establishes their territory and can be heard as far as five miles away.
Common Name: Afrian Lion
Age: 13 years old
Price to Sponsor: $275