Introducing Malik and Zulu, our two African lions!

These two half-brothers were born here 14 years ago, and until recently were homed at Wellington Zoo. They have now returned back to Auckland Zoo for a period while we are without our pride.

Sometime within the next two years, as part of the zoos’ international breeding programme for these ‘Vulnerable’ (IUCN Red List of Threatened Species) big cats, Auckland Zoo will welcome young female lions (and later young males) to once again breed lions.

In the meantime, Auckland Zoo visitors can look forward to seeing Malik and Zulu in the Africa precinct’s lion exhibit where from some great vantage points, these big cats can view visitors and other African wildlife including, rhino, nyala, zebra, giraffe, ostrich, guinea fowl and flamingo.

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species classifies African lions as ‘Vulnerable’. Over the past 21 years, the African lion population has decreased by 43% and continues to decrease. Once widespread across the African continent, it is now extinct in North Africa.


Follow the boys' journey back to Auckland Zoo

Malik and Zulu were born at Auckland Zoo 14 years ago, and have recently returned back home.