Wednesday October 13, 2021
Tomorrow is a big day for a celebrated Chicago lion family, or two.
Oct. 14 is the grand opening of the long-awaited Pepper Family Wildlife Center, a state-of-the-art habitat built around the zoo’s original lion house and featuring “nose-to-nose” indoor and outdoor viewing windows.
The savanna-style lion habitat is now home to a new pride that includes one male, Jabari, and three females, Zari, Hasira and Cleo.
The wildlife center is also home to two red pandas, two Canada lynx and two snow leopards.
Roscoe’s founding family, the Buiks, got a sneak preview of the facility on Sept. 30 …