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Male lion at the zoo

The zoo was founded in 1948 by Emperor Haile Selassie.[1]


The Addis Ababa Zoo keeps apes, lesser kudus, ducks, eagles and tortoises.[2]

Several lions kept in the zoo were found to be genetically similar to wild lions from Cameroon and Chad, but different to lions samples from Ngorongoro, Serengeti National Parks, southwestern Africa and India.[1][3] Their extensive dark manes are similar to those of the Barbary and Cape lions.[4]


  1. ^ a b Bruche, S.; Gusset, M.; Lippold, S.; Barnett, R.; Eulenberger, K.; Junhold, J.; Driscoll, C. A.; Hofreiter, M. (2012). "A genetically distinct lion (Panthera leo) population from Ethiopia". European Journal of Wildlife Research. 59 (2): 215–225. doi:10.1007/s10344-012-0668-5.
  2. ^ Gebrezgabiher, H. (2017). "Ethiopia: Addis Tourism Insight - Know the Public Parks". The Ethiopian Herald. Retrieved 2018-05-29.
  3. ^ "A New, Genetically Distinct Lion Population is Found". News Watch. National Geographic Society. 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  4. ^ Tefera, M. (2003). "Phenotypic and reproductive characteristics of lions (Panthera leo) at Addis Ababa Zoo". Biodiversity & Conservation. 12 (8): 1629–1639. doi:10.1023/A:1023641629538.

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