Sahee - The Big Cat Sanctuary


Panthera Leo/LionEndangered

Interesting facts about Sahee

  • Sahee arrived along with his partner Sonika at The Big Cat Sanctuary from Bristol Zoo in March 2023
  • Sahee was born on 15th July 2016 in Le Pal Theme Park and Zoo in France
  • Sahee and Sonika are the first Asiatic lions to ever live at the Sanctuary
  • The couple share the enclosure which adjoins the welcome centre conservatory
  • Sahee was very brave on arrival at the Sanctuary - he was very quick to be outside, exploring his new surroundings
  • Sahee weighs 174kg! He has a fabulous face full of character, and is destined to be a photographer's dream!

Sahee's story

Sahee arrived with his partner, female Asiatic lioness Sonika, in March 2023. They are currently a non-breeding pair, but we hope that, with all requirements and needs met, they will be able to support the captive breeding programme for the Asiatic lion with a breeding recommendation in the future. We know this fabulous couple will be incredible ambassadors for the lesser known Asiatic lion sub-species.

This magnificent lion has already demonstrated true lion behaviour: he is bold, brave, and protective of his partner Sonika.

The Sanctuary has high hopes for this awesome pair in the future!

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About Asiatic lions

The Asiatic lion is also known as the Persian lion. It is a population of Panthera leo leo that survives only in the wild only in India. Since the turn of the 20th century, its range is known to be restricted to Gir National Park and the surrounding areas in the Indian state of Gujarat. This population has grown in recent years and is now heavily protected.

Historically, their numbers are thought to have dwindled to as low as just a few dozen in the 1880s. Asiatic lions are listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List (vulnerable) and their population is now up to 523 per the census carried out in 2015.

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IUCN Red List Category Endangered(EN)

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