Little Rock Zoo: No lion as 'mane' attraction this summer

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Little Rock Zoo intends to close its lion exhibit for much of the summer while it builds a new containment fence and prepares for the arrival of two young female lions.

Zoo officials said Friday that its lion, named Bakari, will move indoors during construction of a taller fence. The lion exhibit will close Monday and remain shuttered for up to eight weeks.

Bakari's indoor quarters has five rooms. The zoo plans to keep the 11-year-old lion active while his outdoor exhibit is closed.