Kiota — a 12-year-old male lion, and Jasira, his 11-year-old sister are siblings, but come from different litters, and are a special pair in the state.
(Becky Zahn Walker/Zookeeper) “These guys are the only lions in North Dakota.”
The only African lions in the state – Kiota and Jasira – are an interesting pair.
They’re playful, territorial, and actually pretty lazy, lions can sleep up to 20 hours a day.
(Zahn Walker) “It’s just how lions are. They are just going to let you know you’re too close, especially when food is around you know, the female will growl a little bit but we just keep a safe distance away. We never go in with them it’s always protected contact so there’s always a fence between us or some sort of mesh between us and the animal.”
Zahn Walker said they do participate in behavioral training, they love chicken and liver, but not as much as a good snooze.
Zoo lions don’t need to be active since they aren’t hunting are hunted.
And since they’re safe here at the Roosevelt Park Zoo, they’re likely to be around for the next 10 years.