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We're not lyin'! Detroit Zoo welcomes two African lionesses

Posted: 3:31 PM, May 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-15 15:31:55-04
Detroit Zoo welcomes two African lions

Two African lions have joined "mane" man Simba in the African Grasslands at the Detroit Zoo.

The lionesses, Asha and Amira, are 3-year-old sisters from the Buffalo Zoo.

“Asha and Amirah are settling in well in their new home. They are being slowly introduced to Simba, who seems excited about the new additions to his pride,” said Scott Carter, chief life sciences officer for the Detroit Zoological Society, in a release. “This summer, Zoo visitors will be able to watch them hanging out together, and we are hopeful the pride will grow even larger with the addition of cubs in the next year or so.”

Lions are the only species of big cat to live in a social group that includes adult males and their offspring.

Simba was once owned by the royal family of Qatar and found sanctuary at the Detroit Zoo in 2013. Female lion Erin, estimated to be 18 years old, is also in the habitat. She was rescued from a junkyard in Kansas in 2009.