Three young lions born at the Woodland Park Zoo are headed to a Bay Area zoo.
Three adolescent lions born at Woodland Park Zoo are leaving Seattle for a new bachelor pad in Oakland.
The three young lions, Tandie, Gandia and Mandla, will live together as a “bachelor group” at the Oakland Zoo. They’re set to leave toward the middle or end of next month, the Woodland Park Zoo said in a news release.
The lions were born in Seattle in October 2014. Their parents, mom Adia and dad Xerxes, will remain on display at Woodland Park Zoo.
The zoo said the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan Program recommended the lions’ move.
The program coordinates breeding efforts of threatened or endangered species at zoos around the world. It is designed to promote species’ genetic diversity.
Lions are not faring well in the wild, as their habitat shrinks and food becomes more scarce. The Obama administration late last year listed one lion subspecies as threatened and another as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.
As few as 20,000 lions remain in the wild, down from estimates of 500,000 in the early 1900s, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Tandie, Gandia and Mandla will be in Woodland Park Zoo’s African Savanna exhibit until they depart for the Bay Area.