CARE's young lions Araali and Zuberi (along with their brother Jelani) were quite a surprise for us! They have had a very rough road, and continue to overcome obstacles. But, at 1 year old as of June 2015, are in excellent condition and are thriving!
Read the story of their arrival HERE!
At around 6 months of age, the two brothers were diagnosed with Wobbler's Syndrome. Since their diagnosis, so many people have pulled together to give them the best care possible and make sure that they stay healthy and happy. You can read about their champions HERE!Read more
Noel was born on a cold and blustery day in late December 2011. Since her name is Noel, can you guess which day that was? No, it wasn’t Pan American Airlines Day (although that is a good guess). Noel was born on Christmas Day!
CARE typically does not allow breeding, but certain allowances (such as breeding for the purposes of research that could potentially benefit the entire species) will be made if we feel it is important enough. Noel was specifically bred at CARE from Sampson and Layla as a part of a proposed research project that would potentially determine the cause of the cause of deadly vitamin deficiencies observed in African lions. Noel and her siblings would provide comparative data that could unlock the cause of this debilitating condition. Sadly, the two other baby lions who shared the womb with Noel didn’t survive the birthing process. This rendered the research project, which hinged on comparison and control from birth, impossible to complete. Worse, it left Noel without any of her own kind to grow up with Since lions, by their very nature are social animals, we knew this would prove to be problematic.
The CARE staff was left with a conundrum. We had a new mouth to feed, a research study which had to be abandoned before it could begin, and the very real problem that little Noel would need lion companionship when she rapidly outgrew her human caretakers in a matter of months. Enter a little male lion named Mwali who needed a place to call home!
Layla is a stunning African Lioness who found a permanent home at CARE after extensive travel with her previous owners. Layla spent most of her life here at CARE living with two tigresses, Sydney and Rasa. For many who visited CARE it was an odd, yet beautiful sight to see these two amazing species living in harmony, well… for the most part anyways. Instinctively lions are more dominate than tigers and this trait sometimes showed in Layla. She would become quite the diva and this caused a little trouble with the other ladies. For the most part Layla and tigers were great friends and enjoyed each others company, although we all knew she would enjoy the company of Sampson (big male lion) much more.
In 2011 Sampson's elderly mate, Sprinkles, passed away. It was our chance to move the younger Layla in with another of her kind. It was love at first site!
When we moved the two lions in together, we also made another decision. We decided to let them breed based on a request from Texas A & M University. Typically CARE does not allow breeding, but we had an opportunity to play a part in critical research that could save many lions from early death. On Christmas day, 2011 we were presented with a bouncing baby girl lion who we named Noel. You can read more about Noel's story on her bio page.