has found a new male companion for its female African lion.
Sahar, who is 2 years old and not fully grown, came from the Bronx Zoo, said Sharon Dewar, the Lincoln Park Zoo’s head of public relations.
Sahar, who does not have a mane yet, is in quarantine and will be slowly and gradually introduced to Myra, a 15-year-old lion, Dewar said.
need to be able to smell each other, then see each other and eventually get close to each other, she said.
It’s too early to say when Sahar will be introduced to the public, Dewar said.
Sahar is the successor to Adelor, a personable African lion who liked nothing better than to get the world's attention with a full-throated roar, especially during black-tie dinners and wedding receptions held beneath the vaulted ceiling of Lincoln Park Zoo's elegant lion house.
Adelor was euthanized at age 18 on Feb. 1 because of failing health.
Adelor came to Lincoln Park Zoo as a cub in 1995 and grew up to be a charismatic leader and father of five, popular with his lioness mates, his keepers and the public.
In his prime, Adelor weighed more than 400 pounds. He would sit atop a boulder in his yard, surveying his females and cubs lazing in the yard below him, a scene zoo visitors loved to photograph.