We’re wishing a Happy 16th Birthday to our lion boys…and like any Sweet 16 they’ve been a little bit spoilt!

Malik and Zulu were prepared a special treat to mark this occasion by our carnivore keepers - traffic light iceblocks with a big cat’s favourite, milk and a large cannon bone inside! Born just a few weeks apart, we celebrate the brother’s birthdays together each year.

Even though we’re currently closed to visitors, our caring keepers are still busy making sure all of the animals at the zoo are getting all of the nutrition and enrichment that they need and giving them consistent care during this time.

In the wild African lions live 13–16 years on average, meaning these boys are in the upper limits of a lion’s life span but are enjoying a great quality of life and are in amazing health.