Living at the Lake Manyara exhibit we have two incredible male lions - Docha and Kiume.

Both of the boys are laid back as male lions tend to be - and both have similar personalities with their own unique twist.

  Docha came to us from the Santa Barbara Zoo where he was born on April 10, 2005 and hand raised. His mother was not producing milk when Docha was born so the zoo staff had to step in and raise him. Because of his close interactions with humans from birth,  Docha shows excitement when he sees his keepers. Weighing in at 436.5 lbs and eats 8.5 to 10 pounds of food a day, Docha is are largest lion at John Ball Zoo.   When visiting the zoo,  look for Docha laying on the ridge in the upper part of the exhibit.

Kiume,  the youngest lion at John Ball Zoo,  came to us from the Milwaukee Zoo where he was born on July 24, 2011.  Although being raised by his mother and siblings,  Kiume shares a similar excitement as Docha for his keepers. Being young Kiume is the most active of our lions (which is relative since lions are known for the ability to sleep most of the day).  He is  a great animal when it comes to training. He's always eager to learn new behaviors.   At this writing, Kiume sits, stands, lays down, and presents both front feet. Also -  being young and active - Kiume makes use of the entire exhibit and the enrichment provided for him. Kiume’s weight is estimated at 360-380 pounds and he eats 8.5 to 10 pounds of food a day.


About Tim Sampson

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Tim has been a Zookeeper at JBZ for 20 years.  

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