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Morocco Zoo on a Mission to Rescue Last of the Atlas Lions

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Although the lion was declared extinct in the wild in 1922, the Rabat zoo is fighting to save the bloodline and raise numbers to a viable population.

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Past Member (0)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 1:25 am

Past Member (0)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 3:56 am

Gloria picchetti (305)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 4:52 pm
I hope they manage to save the atlas lions.

Michael Kirkby (91)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 5:05 pm
Noted & Twittered

Christine Stewart (133)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 5:13 pm
I hope they treat the lions well, and not just live in a crappy concrete cage....

pam w. (138)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 5:45 pm
A less disturbing image meets visitors to the 125-acre zoo outside Rabat, where the adult lions rest in the shade as the cubs romp nearby.

The park is home to nearly 1,200 animals, made up of around 120 separate African species, including white rhinos, elephants, hippos and cheetahs.

There are also plans to open a "night zoo" for nocturnal creatures including panthers.

But the task of preserving the Atlas lion and boosting its numbers, in collaboration with other zoos around the world, remains a key objective for the park officials.

"It is a big challenge," Salhi said. "Our priority is their protection."

+++++++++++++++++++++++++ Sounds good! If they're getting international help...they're serious and I wish them well. Lions are like anything else...they won't breed if they're not well-nourished or stressed/unhappy.

. (7)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 8:39 pm

Leslene Dunn (79)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 11:27 pm
Noted - at least they have some sense to try and protect the breed - having said that they should not be in captivity anyway.

rene davis (74)
Friday October 5, 2012, 12:02 am
"Our priority is their protection."

Danuta Watola (1260)
Friday October 5, 2012, 1:55 am

Michele Wilkinson (106)
Friday October 5, 2012, 2:47 am
Thank you

Harshiita Sharma (137)
Friday October 5, 2012, 7:35 am
Thanks :) Noted

natalie n. (164)
Friday October 5, 2012, 11:11 am
lets pray their efforts are in time.
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