1. ITV Report

Lions move to new home in Hertfordshire park

One male and three female lions are exploring a new habitat which has been created for them at a wildlife park in Hertfordshire.

The four white lions have been moved into a new habitat three times the size of their old enclosure at Paradise Wildfie Park.

Moto, a 12-year-old male, and three females, Kya, 12, Izulu, 10 and Zuri, 6, were all moved this week and their keepers say they are settling in well.

The park says the lions cannot be bred as their white colouring suggests they may come from an in-bred line. But Paradise Wildlife Park is fundraising for lion collaring equipment to protect lions in the wild. These collars help conservationists develop plans to protect animals by tracking their movements.

Lion factfile:

  • Male lions can grow to be over 300 kilograms in weight. Female lions can grow to weigh around 200 kilograms.
  • Male lions can grow to be around 3.5 metres long (including their tail).
  • Female lions can grow to be around 3 metres long (including their tail)
  • Lions are strictly carnivores which means they only eat meat. In the wild they would eat animals like zebra, antelope and wildebeest. Here at Paradise, we feed them horse, cow, deer and pig.
  • The average litter size of a lion is between 2-4 cubs with lionesses having around a 100 day gestation period.
  • Despite being called ‘the king of the jungle’, lions actually live in grassland habitats in the wilds of Africa.