Two lions from the Pretoria Zoo will be moved to the Glen Garriff Lion Farm in Harrismith, Free State, the National Zoological Gardens of SA said. File picture: Etienne Creux

Pretoria - Two lions from the Pretoria Zoo will be moved to the Glen Garriff Lion Farm in Harrismith, Free State, the National Zoological Gardens of SA said on Thursday.

“The lions, Emma aged 17 and Amber aged 15, will be housed at this facility specialising in the care of lions,” said spokesman Craig Allenby.

“Once in Harrismith the lions will be integrated into another group.”

Emma and Amber would be relocated because the zoo already had four other lions.

“Due to the fact the zoo's current lion population is too big for the soon-to-be completed new lion enclosure, a management decision was made to move the two lions,” said Allenby.

“We have received a number of confiscated lions and as a result our lion population has increased dramatically. We thus decided to seek alternative accommodation for the older two lions”.

The relocation would take place on Saturday.

Sapa