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New male lion at Zoo Boise to meet residents for the first time on Thursday

Zoo Boise's Revan the Lion

Zoo Boise has announced the arrival of a new male African Lion. Revan, 4, arrived at Zoo Boise over the weekend and is adjusting well to his new home.
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Zoo Boise has announced the arrival of a new male African Lion. Revan, 4, arrived at Zoo Boise over the weekend and is adjusting well to his new home.

Update: Zoo Boise’s newest addition, a 4-year-old male African lion named Revan, will go on exhibit for the first time on Thursday.

Residents are invited to visit Zoo Boise on Thursday to meet the lion and welcome him to Zoo Boise. The zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Zookeepers say Revan is healthy and adjusting well to his new home.

He will rotate on exhibit with the zoo’s two female lions, Mudiwa and Obadiah, for the foreseeable future. Revan will be on exhibit at Zoo Boise on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The two female lions will be on exhibit Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Below is our previous reporting.

Zoo Boise is excited to announce the arrival of a new male African Lion. Revan arrived at Zoo Boise over the weekend and is adjusting well to his new home, according to a Zoo Boise press release.

The four-year-old lion comes to Zoo Boise from Maryland through a partnership with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Zoo Boise also has two female lions, Mudiwa and Obadiah. Revan will be off exhibit for some time while going through the usual quarantine period.

Zookeepers at Zoo Boise will be working to make him comfortable and help Revan get to know his new surroundings, according to the press release. Once that quarantine period is over, Revan will be placed on exhibit.

The zoo will make an announcement and invite the public to come visit him. At that time, Revan will also begin to have limited contact with the two female lions at the zoo.

This process will be carefully monitored and controlled by zoo staff and it will take a few months before all three lions will be on exhibit together.

“This is an important addition for Zoo Boise that will help us further our conservation mission,” said Zoo Boise Director Gene Peacock. “We are excited that guests will once again get to experience the roar of an African Lion at the zoo.”

Jabari, Zoo Boise's 14-year-old male lion, was euthanized in January due complications with his cancer treatment.

Zoo Boise is owned by the city of Boise and managed by the Boise Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with the Friends of Zoo Boise nonprofit. Located in Julia Davis Park, Zoo Boise is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, a national organization that supports excellence in animal care, conservation, education and science.

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