Majestic, regal and awe-inspiring, the lions at Zoo Miami demand much respect and attention. This pride is made up of seven exceptional lions: one male, one female and five cubs. Born January 27, 2010, lioness Kashifa tends to be cautious when it comes to new things and new people, but when she’s comfortable, she can be quite energetic and feisty! She recently gave birth to four cubs: Amirah, Asani, Bantu and Saba, on March 6, 2014. The fifth cub in the group, K’wasi, has recently been a symbol of inspiration to many of our Zoo Miami fans. Born on December 15, 2013, this tenacious lion was adopted by Kashifa, after his mother Asha, Kashifa’s sister, passed away. K’wasi has been welcomed by the pride and shows that he is indeed part of the family and is a mischievous “big brother” that loves to play with his new siblings while constantly jumping on his very tolerant adopted mother.
On the other hand, the male lion Jabari, born September 6, 2007, is head of the household leading the family. On Father’s Day 2014, Jabari was reunited with lioness Kashifa and introduced to their new litter of cubs, a very special day in Zoo Miami history. As onlookers held their breath during this tender moment, it became clear that Jabari was curious, yet pleased with this new and complete family dynamic. It took some adjusting, as the cubs swiped him away and Kashifa stepped in as the mediator, but in the days following, these lions became a solid family, each with their own role and personality. Now, visitors can enjoy observing as they lounge together on exhibit, the parents watching over as the cubs run wild and pounce on each other. In just a short while, this family has become a true symbol of pride for Zoo Miami.
Behind the scenes, during enrichment activities, the lions enjoy playing with giant plastic “Boomer balls” and participating in scent enrichment with the keepers. These bold felines can all be seen on exhibit during the day at Zoo Miami.