Thanks, everyone, for your comments! Here are some answers to questions about Koza the lion cub and his future canine companion, Cairo the Italian mastiff (shown here with Autumn Nelson, an animal care supervisor at the Wild Animal Park).
Italian mastiff females can reach 90 pounds (45 kilograms) in weight, although some are smaller. Shirley, that wasn’t me you saw with Koza at the Animal Care Center – I mostly work at Lion Camp and see him when he visits. Soon little Cairo will join him!
Linda asks what will happen to Cairo when Koza outgrows her. The puppy already has a home ready and waiting for her with a member of the Mammal Department staff when the time comes. She is one lucky pup to have escaped hurricane Katrina’s devastation, and we will make sure she has a wonderful home for life.
Marcia Redding is a senior mammal keeper at the Wild Animal Park.
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