Lions have been on display at the Royal Burgers’ Zoo for some time now and over the years, more than 1.000 cubs have come into the world here. Even the famous roaring lion from MGM Studios has Arnhem blood coursing through his veins.
In 2008, Burgers’ Zoo had seven adult lionesses in its collection. In order to prevent an excess of young lions, which would be difficult to relocate to other zoos, four of these females were spayed. As time went on, these four spayed females were coincidentally the only females left at the zoo in 2014, in addition to two brothers who were born in Arnhem in 2011. Since cubs are not only enjoyable for the public, but also play an important role in the social structure of lions, interest arose in creating a breeding group.