This Saturday, High Plains animal lovers will have an opportunity to celebrate some of the most majestic creatures on earth.
The zoo will host a variety of special activities, along with crafts for kids and education exhibits. The lion party takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Lions are one of the most beleaguered and endangered animals in the world. In 1975, Africa held a quarter of a million lions. Today, 90 percent of those animals are gone, leaving only 25,000 of the big cats.
Due to the fragmentation of remaining lion populations, long-term hopes for lion survival are bleak. During World Lion Day, kids can learn how they can help to protect this magnificent species.