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It’s hard to believe, but the King of the Jungle is in danger of losing his throne and his royal title. The population of African lions is falling at an alarming rate. During the 1950’s there were an estimated 500,000 lions in Africa. Today it’s a very different story, with an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 lions in all of Africa. Field researchers and conservationists believe the decline can be slowed and eventually reversed through community outreach and education. That’s where you come in.

On Saturday and Sunday, September 8 and 9 the Houston Zoo will celebrate the King of the Jungle with Lion Fun Days. The weekend’s Meet the Keeper Talks, activities and games for children of all ages at the Houston Zoo will be a mirror image of the community outreach and education events that the Niassa Lion Project will be doing in 40 villages across northern Mozambique on November 3 and 4.

In addition to Meet the Keeper Talks, crafts, and games for children, the Houston Zoo’s lion keepers and volunteers will offer a variety of Lion Fun Days souvenirs for sale including sculpture made from wire snare traps, handmade art and items from Africa, coloring books, magnets, buttons, t-shirts and more. All proceeds from Lion Fun Days sales directly benefit the Niassa Lion Project. Meet the Keeper Talk, crafts and games are included in your Zoo admission and your Zoo membership.

Lion Fun Days Schedule (All activities at the Lion exhibit)

10:00 a.m. Meet the Keeper Talk

10:30 a.m. Ecosystem Tug of war and games

11:30 a.m. Meet the Keeper Talk

1:30 p.m. Meet the Keeper Talk

2:00 p.m. Meet the Keeper Talk

3:00 p.m. Ecosystem Tug of War and games

About the Houston Zoo

Founded in 1922, the Houston Zoo is an exciting live animal adventure that provides a unique educational and conservation resource serving more than 1.9 million guests annually. Set in a 55-acre lush tropical landscape, the Zoo is home to more than 6,000 exotic animals representing more than 800 species. Visitors can experience the wonders of Africa at The African Forest, the new 6.5 acre, $40 million addition featuring chimps, rhinos, and giraffes. Travel to Africa. No Passport Required.

The Houston Zoo is located at 6200 Hermann Park Drive in beautiful Hermann Park. The Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. during Central Standard Time (last admission at 5 p.m.) and from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. during Central Daylight Time (last admission at 6 p.m.). The Zoo is closed Christmas Day. Regular admission is $13 for adults, $7 for seniors, $9 for children ages 2-11 and FREE for children under 2. Visit the courtesy booth at your neighborhood Fiesta Mart and purchase an adult Zoo admission for $11 and a child Zoo admission for $8. Zoo memberships start at only $65. For information on all the great benefits of becoming a Zoo member call (713) 533-6713 or visit the Houston Zoo website.

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