Next week, the long-anticipated release of The Lion King 2019 hits theaters. Of course, being PrideRock, we could not be more excited! We are experiencing a surge in interest about our lions, lion conservation, and our mission in general. I’m excited to take the opportunity to welcome all newcomers, introduce you to our Pride (both past and present), and share our knowledge of these kings and queens with you.
We will be teaming up with Film Alley in Terrell, TX for the opening weekend of the movie, and invite you to come join us! Feel tiger whiskers and lions mane, see their giant footprints, share in games and prizes and learn what it’s like for us to live life among the big cats. See our Facebook event page for complete details by clicking here
Over the years, we have been home to nine different lions. We don’t see as many of them as we do tigers, but each and every one we have given a home to lives the rest of its life with us in the peace and tranquility of our east Texas oasis, and each one has their own place in our hearts long after they’ve gone.
In the Serengeti, the lifespan of a lion is an average of about 8 years. In captive conditions, they can live up to 20. Our oldest lion was Mia, a proud lioness who was pregnant when we took her in, lived to be an astounding 28 years old. After her arrival, Mia bore three cubs that lived their entire lives at PrideRock. Mia gave birth to Allie, Jake, and Ruby. The last of her cubs, Allie, passed away this spring at the age of 20. This little family was a formative part of our history and the growth of our facilities, and we are forever grateful for the time we were able to share with them all.
Throughout the month of July, we will bring you more stories of our favorite ferocious felines, from Leo’s majestic mane and sad beginnings, to Pharaoh’s legacy and sly smile. We hope you will join us and learn more about our residents and the plight of big cats born into captivity.