Ani – Barbary Lion

Ani – Barbary Lion

Ani is a female Barbary Lioness (Panthera leo leo), born July 17, 2013. She came to the Foundation to aid in her sister’s physical therapy. She is completely healthy and is a great companion to her sister, Northgate. The Barbary lion, also known as the Atlas lion or Nubian lion, are the largest of the lion species. Characteristics of the Barbary lion include longer hair around the neck and throat, back of the front legs and around the belly, as well as a huge mane covering the head, neck and shoulders of the males. They are also usually a darker color than African lions but the only way to...

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Samson – African Lion

Samson – African Lion

Samson is a male African Lion (Panthera leo) born in the summer of 2012 with Osteogenesis imperfecta, known as brittle bone disease. Osteogenesis imperfecta is a condition that causes the bones to be extremely fragile. This condition also affects humans, many who come to visit Samson at the Foundation. There is not a known cure for this condition; however, Samson made a miraculous turn around. The Foundation is the first facility to do any research with exotic big cats regarding this condition. All of the research we have and are acquiring will be shared with other facilities. We are very...

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Northgate – Barbary Lion

Northgate – Barbary Lion

Northgate is a female Barbary Lioness (Panthera leo leo), born July 17, 2013. She came to us as an 11-day-old cub from a facility that lacked the resources that we provide, needed to care for her. This lioness was born with her kneecap out of place and her knee fused, leaving her leg four inches shorter than the others. She is not in any pain, and with tremendous amounts of physical therapy provided by playing with her sister Ani, proper nutrition, and veterinary care, our goal is to give her the best quality of life we can. Panthera leo leo is the scientific name for the Barbary lion, also...

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Dr. Dallas – Barbary Lion

Dr. Dallas – Barbary Lion

Dr. Dallas is a female Barbary Lioness (Panthera leo leo), born in September 2009. Dallas is named after an amazing volunteer, Dr. Dallas Wentz, who has been with us since she was 13 years old and is now a licensed veterinarian in Butte County and still a part of the family at our foundation. Dallas, better known as Dally, loves to play with her big red ball by putting it in her water, and then spins it with her paw. She has an extremely playful temperament. Dr. Dallas is a part of our behavioral research program, so that we may learn more about the Barbary subspecies of lion and share this...

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Makana – Asian / African / Barbary Lion

Makana – Asian / African / Barbary Lion

Makana is a male Asian/African/Barbary Lion (Panthera leo persica/Panthera leo leo), born in August 2011. He is developing the physical characteristics of the Barbary Lion. Like our other Asian/African/Barbary Lion, Makana is a budding star! He has been on the Jay Leno show, and was featured in the December issue of the magazine Upgraded Living. The lion is unusual amongst the cat species because it lives in organized social groups called prides. The pride can consist of as many as 30-40 lions, the majority being females and their young, along with a small number of resident males. It is...

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