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Lion

The world's most social felines, lions roam the savannas and grasslands of the African continent, hunting cooperatively and raising cubs in prides.

Adopt an African Lion

Adopt a lion to give the perfect gift to the conservationist in your life — even if that conservationist is you!

Animal Enrichment

From painting primates to piano-playing otters, learn how enrichment activities keep the Zoo's animals physically and mentally stimulated.

Lion News

A male African lion laying on the ground with greenery in the background
Jul. 01, 2019
Lion cubs grow up fast, and even faster in zoos. In a long-term study, scientists at SCBI found that male African lions living in human care hit puberty a full year earlier than their counterparts in...
Jun. 13, 2019
Treat dad like the king (of the jungle) he is at the Smithsonian's National Zoo!
Mar. 01, 2018
Visitors may have noticed that 12-year-old African lion Luke has had an on-again, off-again limp. As part of his treatment, the veterinary team is performing deep-tissue laser therapy,...