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Buffalo Zoo welcomes male African lion from Rochester

by jmaloni


Tue, Dec 23rd 2014 11:30 am
Tiberius (photo by Marie Kraus/Kelli O'Brien/Seneca Park Zoo)
Tiberius (photo by Marie Kraus/Kelli O'Brien/Seneca Park Zoo)

The Buffalo Zoo welcomes Tiberius, a juvenile male African Lion.

Tiberius was born at the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester March 7, 2013, to first-time parents Asha and Chester. Tiberius was hand-raised by keepers at the Seneca Park Zoo, along with his sister, Savanah.

He was brought to Buffalo on a breeding recommendation from the Species Survival Plan for African lions living in zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

After he has some time to grow accustomed to his new home, Tiberius will be introduced to a pair of half-sister lionesses, Lelie and Lusaka, who were born at Smithsonian's National Zoo in 2010.

The mission of an AZA Species Survival Plan program is to cooperatively manage specific, and typically threatened or endangered, species population within AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums, certified related facilities and sustainability partners. For more information, visit https://www.aza.org/species-survival-plan-program/.

Tiberius, a beloved animal within the Rochester community, will be out for public viewing in the Buffalo Zoo's lion exhibit from 10 a.m. until noon daily.

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