Wildlife World Zoo welcomes first new lioness in nearly 2 decades

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

LITCHFIELD PARK -- It's spring and that means baby animals are at the Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium.

Long known for displaying a variety of feline species, the zoo is welcoming its first new lioness in nearly two decades.

According to Dr. Grey Stafford, the 9-week-old lion arrived recently from an Ohio facility and seems to have settled into her temporary home at the new baby animal nursery.

"Like other large cat species, lion cubs tend to grow in size quickly as they transition from an entirely milk diet to one with meat mixed in," Stafford said in a news release. "In a few weeks, the as-yet unnamed lioness will be moved to a large outdoor display."

Baby warthogs and porcupines are also on display inside the nursery. Stafford said many other newborns, such as lemurs, gibbons and other primates, kangaroo joeys, swans and antelope, can be found throughout the zoo and aquarium grounds.

The zoo's specially trained keepers have helped raise dozens of different species of wild and endangered animals over the past quarter century.

Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium is located at 16501 W. Northern Ave. in Litchfield Park. For more information, call 623-935-WILD (9453) or visit www.Wildlifeworld.com.