Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Come Meet Tiberius!

If your kids are home from school this week for the holidays, it's the perfect time to come by and meet our newest resident, Tiberius the lion!

Tiberius, a juvenile male African lion, was born at the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, NY on March 7, 2013 to first time parents Asha and Chester. Tiberius was hand-raised by keepers at the Seneca Park Zoo, along with his sister Savanah.

Photo by Marie Kraus, courtesy of Seneca Park Zoo

He was brought to Buffalo on a breeding recommendation from the Species Survival Plan (SSP) for African lions living in Zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

After he has some time to grow accustomed to his new home, Tiberius will be introduced to a pair of half-sister lionesses, Lelie and Lusaka, who were born at Smithsonian’s National Zoo in 2010.

The mission of an AZA Species Survival Plan® (SSP) Program is to cooperatively manage specific, and typically threatened or endangered, species population within AZA-accredited Zoos and Aquariums, Certified Related Facilities, and Sustainability Partners. 

Tiberius, a beloved animal within the Rochestercommunity, will be out for public viewing in the Buffalo Zoo’s lion exhibit from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. daily. 

Photo by Kelli O'Brien, courtesy of Seneca Park Zoo

1 comment:

  1. Welcome Tiberius!! Hope you make quick friends with the lionesses, looking forward to seeing cute baby lion cubs!