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Land of the Lions opening Easter 2016 at ZSL London Zoo

FIELD IMAGE Male Asiatic lion, India (c) Raj Amin ZSL

Male Asiatic lion, India Photo (c) Raj Amin ZSL

ZSL London Zoo’s biggest and most ambitious new attraction will be unveiled to the public this Easter, when the doors open to Land of the Lions on Friday 25 March 2016.

ZSL London Zoo - Land of the Lions - Artist Impressions (c)ZSL (4)

ZSL London Zoo – Land of the Lions – Artist Impressions (c)ZSL

The new £5.7m attraction Land of the Lions will transport visitors to the Lions wild home in the Gir Forest region, in the Indian state of Gujarat. Rickshaws, bicycles, sacks of spices, maps, rangers’ huts, and even a life-size truck – researched, sourced and shipped from India – are dotted around Land of the Lions, both inside and out of the lions’ domain, which will highlighting the uniquely close relationship in which Asiatic lions live with people in their native Indian habitat.

ZSL London Zoo - Land of the Lions - Artist Impressions (c)ZSL (7)

ZSL London Zoo – Land of the Lions – Artist Impressions (c)ZSL

Visitors to the Zoo will enter through a stone archway, before picking up their ‘park pass’ at the Gir Tourist Information centre. They’ll then explore Sasan Gir Train Station or embark on a journey on the overhead walkway, to discover the troop of lively Hanuman langur monkeys, and watch the lions in their forest home.

ZSL London Zoo - Land of the Lions - Artist Impressions (c)ZSL (1)

ZSL London Zoo – Land of the Lions – Artist Impressions (c)ZSL

Visitors will also be treated to an almost ‘windowless-view’ of the big cat’s enclosure, as visitors enter the crumbling ruin of an amphitheatre-style Lion Temple.

Part of the attraction will feature will be interactive adventures that replicate what some of the issues that rangers in the wild have to deal with.  Wild Asiatic lions are found only in the Gir Forest region and are protected by law, however they are under threat due to disease outbreaks and conflict with human developments.

Rubi, Asiatic lioness at ZSL London Zoo (c) Tony Bates ZSL

Rubi, Asiatic lioness at ZSL London Zoo, Photo (c) Tony Bates ZSL

Land of the Lions will support and promote ZSL’s international conservation efforts to protect Asiatic lions.

For more information or book tickets, visit the London Zoo website here

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