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14 August 2014

There’s a new queen of the jungle at Newquay Zoo

Many a fantastic day out while staying in luxury holiday cottages in Cornwall are spent at Newquay Zoo.  Now they have found a rather impressive new companion for Samson their resident lion following the passing of his playmate Connie.

Samson has been left a bit lonely since Connie died in July and was the zoo's only lion so the staff decided to help him out.

Lions are of course pride animals so swiftly finding another lioness to be a companion to seven-year-old Samson was a top priority for keepers.

Animal collections manager John Meek put out a vital appeal to zoos and safari parks up and down the UK, which resulted in an offer from Longleat Safari and Adventure Park in Wiltshire to help out.

The lioness whose name is Amahle - the Zulu word for 'beautiful' – has spent a few days getting used to her new surroundings prior to her all-important initial meeting with Samson.

Newquay Zoo is part of the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, an education and conservation charity dedicated to saving endangered species and their habitats.

The zoo's conservation work contributes towards the protection of many rare species which are threatened with extinction.

African lions are not endangered but their numbers have fallen by 70% in the past 5 decades mainly as a result of habitat loss and diseases caught from domestic livestock.

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