African Lion Donated To Idaho Zoo From Oklahoma

Sunday, March 25th 2007, 2:13 pm
By: News On 6

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) Officials at a zoo in eastern Idaho say they're optimistic a young male African lion donated by the Oklahoma City Zoo will produce cubs with a lioness.

Dohoma is 1½ years old and is the first male African lion at the Tautphaus Park Zoo in six years. He was donated by the Oklahoma City Zoo as part of the Species Survival Plan.

That plan includes moving animals to different zoos to ensure genetic diversity in a captive breeding program.

Idaho zoo officials say it could be several years before Dohoma and the lioness named Sukari have any cubs because male lions don't reach maturity until age 3.

But Idaho zoo superintendent Bill Gersonde says the lions appear to be enjoying each other's company.