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African Lion

African Lion

The African lion is the second largest cat, with males weighing up to 550 pounds and females weighing between 260 and 400 pounds.

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Conservation In Action at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo 

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos AZA Logoand Aquariums. This means that wildlife conservation and conservation education are primary goals of our zoo. The Rosamond Gifford Zoo participates in a number of programs to further conservation and animal welfare. These programs include Species Survival Plans (SSP), Population Management Plans (PMP), Taxon Advisory Groups (TAG), Conservation Action Partnership (CAP) and regional cooperative breeding and research programs.

SSP populations in AZA zoos are managed using a breeding registry called a studbook. AZA committees make decisions on breeding using studbooks and cooperative planning among zoo professionals. The Rosamond Gifford Zoo coordinates and publishes the studbook and PMP for the endangered Turkmenian markhor and the studbook for white-handed gibbon and Armenian mouflon sheep. The zoo is nationally recognized for its successful Asian Elephant breeding program. We also participate in the Coral Reef CAP.

Population Management Programs (PMPs) help AZA accredited zoos manage and conserve a select wild species population with voluntary cooperation of AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums and other approved participants. More than 300 PMP facilities contribute Population Management Plans that identify population management goals and make recommendations to ensure sustainability of healthy, genetically diverse and varied populations.

The zoo's Animal Enrichment Committee, formed in 2000, plans and coordinates the daily enrichment and training of the animals in our care to improve their welfare and stimulate their natural behaviors in ways that enrich their lives.

The zoo also supports many wildlife conservation projects around the world.

Read a summary of the zoo's conservation projects here.


The zoo's efforts on behalf of Asian elephants were recently featured in the International Elephant Foundation's online publication. See it here.


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