Felicia

  • Was born at Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, South Carolina, on April 10, 2018
  • Was the dominant cub in her litter and pride
  • At just two years old, she was not expected to reproduce just yet…surprise!

Cub

  • Was born at the Santa Barbara Zoo on November 5, 2020
  • Weighed in at 3.9 lbs at its first medical exam, which took place on Wednesday, November 11.

  • Boy or girl? The sex will be determined at its next vet exam.

  • Both Felicia and the cub appear healthy and are doing well. They will remain behind the scenes until mid-January to bond.

Ralph

  • Was born at the Indianapolis Zoo in Indiana on September 21, 2015
  • Shares the same birthday as Chadwick, the Zoo’s last remaining lion, who passed away in December of last year
  • Is described by previous keepers as calm, curious, and respectful to his mom and sister

Meet Felicia & Ralph

Conservation Status

Humans are among the main threats to lions in the wild, according to the IUCN Red List which lists the species as Vulnerable. It is believed that many lions killed by humans are retaliatory or preemptive to protect life and livestock, though trophy hunting is still allowed in some sub-Saharan countries. Habitat loss, depletion of prey, and disease from domestic animals are other factors.

Protect Local Birds!

Lions and house cats are similar in many ways, including their inclinations to play and hunt. By putting a bell on the collar of your outdoor cat or keeping your cat indoors, you can help protect many local birds from your cat’s natural instincts.