Species: African lion
Living arrangement: alone
Simba arrived on 12 July 2019 at Stichting Leeuw. He lived in too small a cage on a busy market in Baghdad. The Dutch embassy/Defence arranged that Simba was confiscated and temporarily housed in a zoo. It took quite a while before Simba could come to us, but through persistance and good relations with Iraq Simba finally came to the Netherlands.
Because Simba had lost a lot of weight, the good people at the zoo spoiled him with food. In combination with not enough exercise he had too much fat. At Stichting Leeuw he is on a special diet and received lion fysiotherapy to increase muscle growth. His weight is perfect now, but his muscles still need to grow stronger. This is achieved by his movements in the outside enclosure and his hunting in the big hall.
Simba adapted very well to his new life and is enjoying life. Of course it would be nice to find him a suitable partner.
Whether Simba will move to South Africa depends on his development and his needs.