(Persia Digest) – A pair of Iranian lions currently kept in British zoos are to return home in the coming days 100 years after their extinction in Iran.

Managing Director of Eram-e Sabz Company (Eram Park), Mohammad Reza Parhizkar, has said that following continuous efforts and consultations, a pair of Iranian lions are to be transported to Tehran’s Eram Zoo from Britain. The male lion is being kept in Bristol Zoo (England) while the lioness is in Dublin Zoo (Ireland).

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Parhizkar added that the precious species which bears the name of Iran has been extinct in the wildlife of its motherland for about 100 years and only a few are kept in zoos across the world. Since Iran is a member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA), the lions are to be transported to the country free of charge under an EAZA program for breeding and protecting endangered species.

To this end, visitors of Tehran Zoo can buy half-price tickets to visit the complex on Thursday (2 May, 2019).

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