African lion brothers, Dinari and Kamaia

A Roaring Birthday Celebration for the Lion Brothers

Franklin Park Zoo

Saturday, March 10, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Lion brothers Dinari and Kamaia turn nine in March, and guests are invited to celebrate the occasion! This roaring good time will include:

  • Special birthday enrichment treats for the lions
  • Lion Zookeeper Chat: 11:30 a.m.
  • Lion-themed arts and crafts
  • Education station
  • Sign a giant birthday card for the lions
  • Birthday cake from Montilio’s Baking Company available for the first 200 people, served inside the Tropical Forest

Meet Tina Ramme, wildlife biologist and CEO of Lion Conservation Fund, who will speak about her work to help restore lion populations and habitat in Kenya. 

  • 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Meet Ramme at the "Ask a Lion Scientist" activity table, Tropical Forest near sloth exhibit
  • 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.: Presentation, Hippo Theatre

Please note: The lions will go on exhibit at 10:15 a.m.

Committed to Conservation

Cheetah, jaguar, leopard, lion, puma, snow leopard, tiger: these majestic big cats are all under threat. Their populations are steadily declining due to poaching, habitat loss, and the illegal trade. Tiger populations have decreased by 95% over the past 100 years and African lion populations dropped by 40% in just 20 years. It's up to us to make the changes—raising awareness, living more sustainably, supporting conservation efforts—that can help reverse these alarming population trends. 

Zoo New England participates in the African lion, tiger, puma and snow leopard Species Survival Plans. By sharing research and knowledge, participating institutions work together to establish guidelines that best ensure the health of captive populations, and with success, the survival of otherwise extinct species.

Learn More & Get Involved

  • Did you know that lions Dinari and Kamaia eat a total of 18 pounds of meat per day, and Luther the tiger eats 11 pounds of meat per day? Feeding these big cats costs approximately $30,000 for just one year! Zoodoption helps us defray some of these costs and provide excellent food, care and enrichment for all of our animals. Zoodopt a big cat today!
  • Video: "Raising, Training and Protecting: Big cat conservation at ZNE"
  • Analyze Wildlife Photos to Help Panthera Protect Big Cats.

Just for Kids

Event Sponsorship

Is your company interested in sponsoring this event? Zoo New England has many different types of packages that will fit your company’s goals. Please contact Audrey Bedoucha at abedoucha@zoonewengland.com or 617-989-2692 for more information.