Lion Appreciation Day

Let's celebrate this majestic mammal in honor of World Lion Day!

All Ages

10:00am - 3:00pm

Free with Zoo admission

Join us this August for Lion Appreciation Day!

Come watch our African lion enjoy special enrichment

Hear a talk by our lion keeper

Get your face painted like a lion

Learn about the world’s lions from our conservation partners

Purchase crafts and music made by communities from all over the world living near lions.

Why we celebrate World Lion Day?

Lions are one of the most iconic animals in the world – but the King of the Beasts is in trouble in the wild. It is estimated there are fewer than 20,000 lions left in all of Africa due to habitat loss and human-wildlife conflict, and our own California mountain lions face similar challenges. Lions in captivity also face difficulties, from canned hunting to the abuses of the cub-petting and circus industries.  But you can be a part of the solution by learning about lions and ways to help them!