The lion is known to be the king of the jungle. A lion is a large mammal, usually weighing between 150 to 185 kilograms. Mostly, lions can be found in the continent of Africa and some parts of India. They are accustomed to the environments of forests, grassy plains and woodlands as their homes. Also, they can manage to live with high temperatures, hunting for their helpless prey. Anyone looking to build a habitat for a lion must carefully consider the following:
- You must have the basic information of the nature and characteristics of a lion. Consider the lion’s diet. Since they are carnivores, you must have access to good meat suppliers. Furthermore, adding animals that would serve as prey would make the habitat more real. The ambiance should be designed similarly to an authentic lion’s habitat. There should be plenty of vegetation. Plants and trees make a big difference. It would also add to the realistic nature if some animals would join the habitat but with a separate cage. You might consider some chimpanzees and bald eagles for that purpose. These particular companions create a familiar sound atmosphere for the lion.
- Determine the purpose of acquiring a habitat for the lion. Building a habitat for this kind of mammal will require 5 to 10 acres of land with ample vegetation. If the purpose is to restore a similar lion habitat, it should meet that standard. If the owner would treat it like a pet, it should be in a cage made of concrete and iron bars with just the right space in between. But either way, the lion’s home should be architecturally well-designed. Usually, it is advisable to separate the facility wherein they can take a bath, drink and eat.
- Consider the state’s rules and policies about acquiring a lion’s habitat. Try to check if there is a law in your state or country that prohibits the acquisition of this kind of animal. Consider the necessary permit for its transportation.
- Determine the capability of the caretaker to execute proper care and maintenance. Make sure he has the proper training fitted for this kind of job. Waste management should be systematized, otherwise the lion’s health will be at stake. There should be a contact available with the nearest veterinarian in case of emergency.
- Safety first. Make sure that the fence is strong enough to protect the neighboring community as well as for the lion’s protection from possible intruders. The fence should be made of steel with enough height that crossing over would be impossible. A clear sign within the habitat’s vicinity would be of great help to avoid possible accidents.
Gathering the right information will help you weigh if you can build it or not. It is quite different from the habitat of birds and other wild animals. An appropriate habitat makes the life condition of the lion sustainable.