Cats of Africa, which opened in March 2003, was designed to hold up to six lions. Santa Barbara Zoo currently has four lions: an older male-female pair and two young females.
Is the Zoo’s only male lion and was born in September 1998
Is “small” compared to other male lions, weighing “only” 385 pounds
Chadwick’s favorite food is raw meat juice frozen into cubes, which he licks on hot days
Has had two cubs with Chadwick, but at age 16 is no longer breeding
Is “petite” by lion standards, at 228 pounds
Likes to spend time with Chadwick in the yard
KADI AND NEEMA
Sisters Kadi and Neema arrived from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C. in October 2012 when they were 2 years old. They aren’t easy to tell apart!
Kadi has a small scar near her nose and is more extroverted and active than Neema
Neema is slightly bigger than Kadi
Unlike most lions, the sisters enjoy playing in the water in the exhibit’s pool