Two lionesses are settling into their new home at the Milwaukee County Zoo.
The female lions, named Savannah and Amali, can be seen periodically on indoor exhibit in the Florence Mila Bochert Big Cat Country, according to the zoo.
The animals arrived from the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, New York as part of a recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan, an organization that strives to cooperatively manage specific and typically threatened or endangered species.
Savannah — nicknamed Sunny — was born at the Seneca Park Zoo in 2013 and could breed with the Milwaukee County Zoo's male African, Themba. Amali was born at the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo in March 2013 and has resided at the Seneca Park Zoo since July 2013.
According to the zoo, even though the lionesses are not related, they behave like sisters. Sunny seems to be in charge, but Amali is full of personality, according to the zoo.
The new lionesses have not had contact with the Milwaukee County Zoo's resident lions, Themba and Sanura, although they can see and hear each other through a hallway. The animals will not have access to each other for the foreseeable future and will rotate time on exhibit.
The zoo recently celebrated the first birthday of baby gorilla Sulaiman Nov. 24.