Zoo Boise’s newest addition, a four-year-old male African Lion named Revan, will go on exhibit July 5.
Members of the community are invited to visit Zoo Boise on Thursday to meet the lion and welcome him to Zoo Boise. The zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Zookeepers say the lion is healthy and adjusting well to his new home. He will rotate on exhibit with the zoo’s two female lions, Mudiwa and Obadiah, for the foreseeable future.
Revan will be on exhibit at Zoo Boise on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The two female lions will be on exhibit Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Once Revan is placed on exhibit, he will begin to have limited contact with the two female lions at the zoo. This process will be carefully monitored and controlled by zoo staff and it will take a few months before all three lions will be on exhibit together.
“We at the Friends of Zoo Boise are excited to work with the City of Boise to bring Revan to Boise,” said Friends of Zoo Boise President Tony Pori. “We can’t wait to introduce the people of Boise to their new lion. Revan will serve as a representative for the lions of Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, who we are working with the Gorongosa Restoration Project to help save. A visit to see Revan at Zoo Boise helps us save those animals we care so much about in the wild.”
The Zoo Boise team appreciates the community’s patience throughout the introduction process and can’t wait for everyone to meet Revan!
Zoo Boise is owned by the City of Boise and managed by the Boise Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with the Friends of Zoo Boise non-profit. Located in Julia Davis Park, Zoo Boise is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, a national organization that supports excellence in animal care, conservation, education and science.
Zoo Boise’s new male lion will be on exhibit Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. While he becomes familiar with his new home, he will have access to his den to help reduce his stress. He may choose to spend time inside his den. The animal care staff may also choose to move him off exhibit and allow the female lions onto exhibit if they feel he is having anxiety. This is normal as a lion becomes familiar with his new home.