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14 May 2014

Two lionesses have arrived safely in Melbourne this morning on Wednesday 14 May, following a long journey from Givskud Zoo in Denmark.

The two year-old lionesses will spend at least 30 days in quarantine at Melbourne Zoo before travelling to their new home at Werribee Open Range Zoo.

The lionesses traveled well and were transferred to Melbourne Zoo’s quarantine facility this morning.

They are now settling in after their journey and have been very calm and relaxed.

Following 30 days of quarantine the two lionesses will finish the final leg of their journey to Werribee Open Range Zoo where they will be slowly introduced to male lion Johari.

The introduction process will take place in the Zoo’s back of house lion facilities and is expected to take several months, as keepers gradually increase the level of scent-based, visual and fence-to-fence contact.

The lionesses will be a very important addition to the social structure of the lion group at the Zoo.

Lions naturally live in a pride and Werribee Open Range Zoo had been searching for lionesses to join male lion Johari for some time.

We expect it will be several months before visitors are able to see the new arrivals, as our first priority is making sure they settle in comfortably.