African Lion

  • Species: Panthera leo
  • Born: 3/16/2007
  • Sex: Male
  • Weight: 585 lbs.
  • Favorite Food: chicken, beef, horse- he likes it all!

Bakari came to us with his two sisters Suri and Jillian at the age of 4 weeks. We were contacted by the only big cat sanctuary in Louisiana. Due to overcrowding in their facility they were unable to keep the cubs. Lions Tigers & Bears stepped in and accepted all three lion cubs.

Bakari is definitely the “boy” of the litter. He is really laid back and lets his two sisters do all the work. He is definitely bigger than the “girls” when it come to size.

Bakari was named by two of our wonderful supporters at Lions Tigers & Bears: Janice and Gary Freiberg. They bid to name him at the “Wild in the Country” fundraising event in June of 2007. After doing much research on African names they narrowed it down to a list of five, and finally chose Bakari. Bakari is an African expression which translates to “one with great promise.”

Bakari enjoys napping in the McGrath Family Tiger Trails (lions sleep up to 20 hours per day!) and showing his sisters who’s boss.