All about the current members of our Lion Pride at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, Rotorua.


Lions are very social animals, unlike other cats, and live in a family group called a pride. They are highly territorial and can occupy the same area for generations if there is plenty of prey available. In ideal conditions, pride numbers can reach up to 40 members - made up of related females, their offspring plus the male/s.

We have been breeding Lions for over 30 years, and all of our current Lions have been born at Paradise. They all have distinctive personalities, likes and dislikes and even individual food preferences.


BORN: 20th October 2004.

Luca is our oldest lion, and recently has become our most dominant female.

She is the lightest in colour of all of our lions.

Despite her age she can be quite playful and often enjoys running around and chasing the other lionesses.  She has a particularly strong bond with one of her offspring, lioness Aleekah, much more so than Aleekah's littermate Ayla.





BORN: 2nd August 2011.

Bella is our most confident and largest lioness.

Being confident, she is not afraid to get in amongst the males at feeding times. She is always the first to find, claim and defend any new enrichment items. Bella is one of the only lions we've ever had that will eat pork, although reluctantly.

Unusually for a lioness, Bella can get quite grumpy at times and sometimes has a short fuse. She has been known to growl at visitors if they have annoyed her - for example if someone is standing in her line of sight when she is eyeing up a small child or something else of interest.



BORN: 20th September 2013.

Xander is the largest lion at Paradise, weighing in at around 200kg. As with most male lions he is aggressive around food and due to his large size some of the lionesses are a bit wary of him, but he is mostly a big softy and is proving to have a relaxed nature for a male lion.







BORN: 1st May 2021.

Sasha and Seb were our first cubs to be born at the park in over seven years, since their father Xander in 2013.

Being young they are still very active and playful and this usually lasts until they are at least two years old.

Sasha can be extremely confident at times and Seb is turning out to have a nice calm nature similar to his father Xander.

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64 7 348 9667
467 Paradise Valley Road, Rotorua 3072, New Zealand