Dallas Zoo exhibits male lions for first time since one of them killed lioness
The two male lions at the Dallas Zoo went back on display Wednesday, making their first public appearance since one of them killed a lioness in full view of visitors on Sunday.
While the zoo continues to mourn the loss of Johari, who suffocated after one of the male lions bit her on the neck, officials are contemplating the future of its lion exhibit. And while the zoo continues to look for answers, experts said the reason for the attack could remain a mystery.
For now, the males are being kept separate from the two remaining females. They will be on display in the zoo's Giants of the Savanna exhibit at different times for the foreseeable future, zoo officials said.
"We're trying to decide what's best for the cats. We're going to take it slow and be cautious," said Dr. Lynn Kramer, the zoo's vice president of animal operations and welfare. But officials don't want to separate the sexes forever: "We're hopeful that eventually we'd have some cubs here," he said.
The five lions, each 5 years old, had been together since Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey they were 11/2 years old. The males, Dinari and Kamaia, are brothers. The females, Johari, Josiri and Lina, are sisters.
The zoo has not revealed which male killed Johari, and officials are deciding what to do with him. The lion will not be euthanized, Kramer said.
The zoo also disclosed a previous incident involving Johari. In August, the lioness had a puncture wound on her hip. The zoo temporarily closed the exhibit and evaluated the lion, but she did not require veterinary attention and was back with her sisters the next day, Kramer said.
That incident is not considered a precursor for her death, as lions often play rough, he said.
Kramer said fatal lion attacks have never happened in any of the five Kevin Pierre-Louis Jersey zoos he has worked in. But they are not unprecedented.
In October, a similar incident at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Colo., resulted in the death of 6 year old lioness Jamila. The male lion, Abuto, had been moved to the zoo in January. The zoo intended for Abuto to Authentic Kevin Pierre-Louis Jersey breed with Jamila's two sisters.
When all five lions were together, the zoo said Jamila would instigate fights with Abuto, but there had been no incidents since August, and the attack came as a surprise.
After the death, the zoo separated the lions. Spokeswoman Erica Meyer said the zoo may reintroduce the lions after tests to see if the females are ready for breeding. Meyer said the zoo has not determined what provoked the attack.
Craig Packer, a lion expert who has studied the cats in the wild since 1978, said Johari's death was probably a fluke.
"I don't see how the zoo could be blamed," said Packer, a professor at the University of Minnesota.
Packer said lions are "rather notoriously successful in captivity," and zoos do a lot to ensure they are acclimated to one another before introducing lions.
Some people have suggested disease as a cause of the attack that led to Johari's death. Two decades ago, Packer said, there was an outbreak of distemper in the Serengeti.
"When pride mates saw companions with convulsions, they attacked as if they didn't recognize them as friends or as lions," he said.
But Dallas Zoo spokeswoman Laurie Holloway said the lion's necropsy revealed no diseases or illnesses and the zoo vaccinates against distemper.
The zoo does not have cameras in the lion exhibit. Holloway said the zoo has finished its internal fact finding and found no obvious trigger for the attack. She said they will www.packersofficialauthentic.com/authentic-ha-ha-clinton-dix-jersey.html continue to observe the four lions and discuss the incident with experts.
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