Virginia Zoo Welcomes Two Female Lions: “Our Pride is Complete”

The Virginia Zoo has two new additions to its pride.

Asha and Kal, two sisters who were born at Blank Park Zoo on November 14, 2017, were placed at the Virginia Zoo based on a recommendation from the Species Survival Plan, a breeding and population management program designed to ensure the long-term sustainability of animal populations in human care.

The female lions were introduced to their new habitat for the first time on Tuesday. Zoo Keepers say the girls were “calm yet inquisitive, unlike Ansel, the male lion who came to the Zoo in April. He’s energetic and loves to climb the rocks and chase the birds.”

The Zoo will host a ‘Lion House Warming Party ‘on June 12 from 10 am to 2 pm. Visitors can see the trio and hear their stories during Keeper Chats at 11 am and 1 pm.  Learn more here.