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Zoos, Circuses, Safaris: A Gallery of Captivity

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Criadouro Onça Pintada - Jaguar Breeding Project.

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The story of Adelaide Zoo’s lions


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Adelaide zoo in South Australia is currently home to two African lions, male Mujambi and female Amani. Up until a few years ago, Amani’s sister Yizi also lived here.

Amani and Yizi were born at Auckland zoo in New Zealand in May 2001, and transferred to Adelaide in 2002 to join Adelaide’s male lion at the time, Maalo. Originally Amani and Yizi’s names were Kutaza and Amali respectively, but for some reason the Adelaide zoo keepers changed them, which makes records somewhat confusing. Amani/Kutaza was the slightly larger and more dominant of the pair (around ~140kg to Yizi/Amali’s ~130kg, quite similar).


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In 2004, Yizi gave birth to a litter of four cubs; sadly, one passed away shortly after birth, but the other three (two males and a female) survived to adulthood. The Adelaide zoo webpage currently incorrectly states that it was Yizi’s bigger sister Amani that gave birth - I think this is probably due to confusion between Amani and Yizi’s former name Amali! The cubs were a joy to watch as they grew; very rambunctious and playful. Yizi was fiercely protective of them, often sharply snarling and charging at visitors if they were holding their cameras too far forward or leaning too close to the fence for her comfort. The cubs learned to emulate her behaviour, occasionally giving cute (but fierce!) little snarls at the human watchers as they walked by. The female, Kiambe, was sent to Monarto zoo, and has given birth to several cubs of her own (I believe she now resides in NSW). As for the two males, I’m not sure - I vaguely remember being told that they were sent to a zoo in SE Asia and are no longer in Australia.


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Mujambi (affectionately nicknamed “Mooj” by the Adelaide zoo keepers) was born at Mogo zoo in NSW in 2005 and transferred to Adelaide zoo in 2007, about a year after the previous male lion Maalo, who fathered Yizi’s cubs, passed away. Mujambi is dark furred and on the small side for a male African lion in captivity, weighing about 170kg in his prime (I recall Maalo being considerably larger). He has a very gentle, timid nature. Unfortunately, he also has a neurological condition and has had a history of epileptic-like seizures, for which the Adelaide zoo vets give him regular medication. 

Mujambi was kept by himself for about a year for monitoring purposes before the zookeepers finally decided to slowly introduce him to the two lionesses in late 2008. Amani and Yizi immediately established their dominance over him, with Yizi being particularly aggressive (perhaps because she stood the most to gain, being lower than Amani on the dominance hierarchy). Unfortunately, this led to catastrophe several months later when Yizi attacked Mujambi from behind; Mujambi swung around to face her a bit too quickly and accidentally smacked his head on a log, causing him to drop to the ground in the throes of a seizure. Yizi backed away as he was having his fit but when he became unconscious, she saw her chance and began to savage his hind right leg. Keepers had to rush to separate the pair and save Mujambi from further damage. I saw the puncture wounds that Yizi left on Mujambi’s leg when I visited him a few days after the attack; the poor lion looked very dispirited and forlorn, although he was still able to walk with only a slight limp.

Sadly for Mujambi, this spelled the end of the keepers’ attempts to form a mini-pride at Adelaide zoo, as they felt it was simply too risky for Mujambi’s safety to allow him to be kept with the two lionesses. Poor Mooj became the loneliest lion in Australia, always having Amani and Yizi in sight and being able to exchange vocalisations with them through the fence but not actually able to live with them. I think this was especially hard on him when the lionesses came into season and became much more affectionate towards him, nuzzling up against the fence on the other side.

His troubles didn’t end there. Towards the end of 2011, keepers noticed that Mujambi’s weight was dropping (he reached 150kg at his lowest), he had enlarged mammary glands and his mane was starting to thin. Tests revealed that his testosterone levels had plummeted and he was producing excessive amounts of estrogen. He underwent surgery for suspected testicular cancer in February 2012; thankfully, the vets were able to successfully remove the tumour. Mujambi began to recover rapidly, and his weight went back up to 170kg.


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(Photo of maned Yizi from Adelaide’s Advertiser)

Several years later in 2017, tragedy struck Yizi when she began to grow a small mane around her neck. Keepers suspected that she had excessive testosterone that may be caused by a tumour in either her ovaries or adrenal glands. Sure enough, when Yizi underwent a surgical procedure in September, the vets discovered that she had a large advanced tumour; because it was so close to a vein, they deemed it inoperable and opted to insert an implant to regulate her hormone levels instead. Sadly for Yizi, it didn’t work; she stopped breathing and passed away shortly after the procedure, at the age of 16. 

After the death of Yizi, keepers were left with the decision about what to do with the two remaining lonely lions. Given that Mujambi had managed to go several years without having another seizure, and that he and Amani kept pining for each other through the fence, keepers decided to slowly reintroduce them to each other. Happily, this time the reintroduction went well; Mujambi and Amani now get along well and are, for the most part, peacefully living together in their old age.


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(From Adelaide Zoo’s Facebook

The exception is meal-times - even though she is close to 20 years old, Amani is still dominant over Mujambi and steals his food if she has the opportunity (it doesn’t help that he has a tendency to pick and nibble at his food instead of bolting it down quickly like Amani), so they have to be separated before feeding. This is the inverse of what usually happens in the wild!

Yizi and Amani at feeding time (you can really get a sense of just how big Amani in particular is here compared to a zoo keeper!): 



Mujambi being fed by a zoo visitor (note how chilled and mellow he is compared to the fiery lionesses!):



Here is Amani and Mujambi’s first introduction from back in 2008: 



This was Yizi and Mujambi’s introduction - the moment the separating gate was raised she wasted no time going on the attack:



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Kemiri was a much loved Sumatran tigress who lived for over 20 years at Adelaide zoo. She was born and hand-reared at Taronga zoo in Sydney in 1994, and moved to Adelaide zoo the year afterwards. She quickly became well-known as an immensely playful and energetic young tiger. She particularly enjoyed “chasing” children who ran past her enclosure. She remained affectionate with zoo staff throughout her years, greeting them with tiger chuffs in the mornings and leaning against the bars for scratches. 

She also soon became famous for having a run-in with a bigger Adelaide zoo cat. Back in the 90s, the lion and tiger enclosures were right next to each other, with only a wall and bars separating them. When Kemiri arrived, the old male lion Samson was very curious about the striped newcomer next door, and poked his nose against the bars; Kemiri rewarded him for his curiosity with a well-timed smack to the nose! This “lion vs tiger” incident somehow made it to the newspaper (Adelaide is a slow news kind of city).

Kemiri passed away in 2017 at the age of 22 - the oldest Sumatran tiger in Australia.
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A tiger was spotted loose in West Houston on the weekend. It was being kept in a house as a “pet.” Here’s a Twitter thread about the incident (language warning): 

https://www.twitter.com/robwormald/status/1391579206262300674

News article:

https://abc13.com/pets-animals/hpd-investigating-tiger-seen-roaming-outside-west-houston-home/10605796/

Quote:On Sunday, Houston police responded to a call about a tiger in a neighbor's front yard on Ivy Wall Drive, in the Highway 6 and Memorial area.


By the time officers arrived, the tiger was gone.

"It has a collar. It is somebody's pet," eyewitness Maria Torres said while capturing video of the wild cat.

Video of the incident shows a man grab the tiger by what appears to be a collar and lead it into a home. At one point, another man appeared to point a gun at the animal before it was led inside.

Neighbor Jose Ramos later told ABC13 that the man with a gun was an off-duty Waller County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Wes Manion, who lived in the neighborhood and came to help get the tiger under control.
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That tiger seen loose in the Houston suburbs (a 9-month old male called India weighing about 80kg) has finally been found by police. He is now going to an animal sanctuary to hopefully live out the rest of his days in peace.

https://www.twitter.com/TODAYshow/status/1394256778372784130

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/may/16/police-tiger-texas-suburb

The tiger’s former “owner” was already out on bond for a murder charge from 2017. He has now also been charged with evading arrest for running off with a tiger. Pretty crazy story.
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