UTICA, N.Y. – Utica Zoo celebrated World Lion Day Tuesday with games and activities for kids, including trivia about the felines.
World Lion Day is meant to spread awareness about the animals and growing conservation efforts to help them.
“World lion day is all about bringing attention to these animals. everyone knows them, they are one of the most recognized animals in the whole world, but it's also about bringing attention to the fact that their numbers are dwindling. Their population and their range in the wild is about a quarter of what it once was,” said Kal Muste, Utica Zoo animal specialist.
The zoo is home to three African lions – Donovan, Murphy and Coky – all siblings with the same parents.