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African lion brothers, Dinari and Kamaia

A Roaring Birthday Celebration for the Lion Brothers

Franklin Park Zoo

Saturday, March 7, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Lion brothers Dinari and Kamaia turn 11 in March, and guests are invited to celebrate the occasion! This roaring good time will include:

  • 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Learn more about the Lion Conservation Fund with kid-friendly hands-on activities! Location: Tropical Forest Hippo Theater
  • 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.: Lion zookeeper chat
  • 1:00 p.m.: Meet Tina Ramme, wildlife biologist and CEO of the Lion Conservation Fund, who is working to help restore lion populations and habitat in Kenya. Location: Tropical Forest Hippo Theater
  • Special birthday enrichment treats for the lions
  • 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

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

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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. Here's what we're doing here at ZNE:

Azasafe LogoAZA SAFE: Saving Animals from Extinction

We're proud to support the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' SAFE initiative: A commitment to harness our collective resources, focus on specific endangered species, and save them from extinction by restoring healthy populations in the wild. The African lion is one of AZA's SAFE species. AZA organizations are partnering with organizations in Africa to mitigate conflict between farmers and lions, increase monitoring of the lion population’s numbers and distribution, and address habitat loss. The SAFE African lion team will work towards their goals and with the Lion Recovery Fund and Disney's Protect the Pride campaign, to double the number of lions in the wild by 2050. In 2018, AZA members spent more than $2,121,000 to help save African lions from extinction. More

Species Survival Plan

Zoo New England participates in the African lion Species Survival Plan. 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? 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!
  • Become a Citizen Scientist: Snapshot Safari is an interactive, citizen science website where anyone can become African wildlife conservationists. You can explore hidden cameras in the African bush, rigged to take photos any time they sense movement. You can view these, discovering hidden wildlife around Africa. By counting and classifying animals that appear on camera traps, you’re helping scientists monitor how many animals there are in a given area, and how they interact with each other and their environment. This data contributes to vital research and publications that allow these organizations to continue doing the great work they do. Go on safari!
  • Video: "Raising, Training and Protecting: Big cat conservation at ZNE"

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 Kevin Milhomme at or 617-379-5131 for more information.