Roman is our only male lion with a mane. He is a bit smaller in stature than most male lions but his mane is quite impressive and a fan favorite.  Roman is your typical male lion, who takes charge of his “pride”.  When he and Reina are fed a large piece of meat together, he always eats first, as he would in the wild.  Roman though, is also like a typical male lion because he spends most of his day napping.  Like lions in the wild, Roman can sleep up to 20 hours a day.

Born June 26, 2009
Rescued June 26, 2012

How Roman Came to the Sanctuary

Roman came to Carolina Tiger Rescue along with his enclosure mate Reina from a failing rescue in Ohio.  This rescue was on the verge of closing due to lack of funding and new legislation the state of Ohio was putting into place after the incident in Zanesville, Ohio in 2011.  The owner of Rescue One, decided to close on her own and contacted Carolina Tiger Rescue to take some of her animals.  Carolina Tiger Rescue, rescued Roman and Reina Lion, Roscoe and Camilla Tiger, and Nakobi and Jericho Cougar in 2012.


Roman is a very stoic lion who enjoys sleeping like his wild cousins.  He can often be found up on the top of his den box sleeping in the sun and keeping an eye on his “kingdom”.  Roman is in charge of his pride and will often snarl or roar at Reina if he feels she is out of line.  He eats first and Reina will often have to hide her leftovers from him.


Roman is your typical male lion who lets Reina do most of the work but ensures she knows he is in charge.  Roman has been known to get very greedy when he was given treats and steals the treat sticks, so he no longer is able to receive treats on tour until he learns some manners.  Roman has a loud roar and is not afraid to remind the other three lions of his presence.

Where in Sanctuary

Roman is located on Oak Hill.  Her enclosure is flanked by the pride of lions on one side and Rajah tiger on the other.

Cub Petting

Before rescued by RescueOne, Roman and Reina were involved in "cub petting".  This is when the public is able, typically for a fee, to take pictures with and play with baby wild animals.  This is a huge detriment to the animals involved.  The cubs that are used for "cub petting" are taken from mothers within days of their birth so they do not imprint on their mothers as well as so their mother will go back into heat and she can have more babies.  These cubs are also often sedated to prevent them from being too playful with the public.  A playful cub can often inflict harm on a human unintentionally, as they have sharp claws and teeth.  These cubs are also underfed to keep them small, and to keep them hungry so they will be interested in the bottle of milk the public usually holds to keep the animal still on their lap.  These cubs can only legally be used for the first couple months of their lives then they are deemed too dangerous, which leads many of them to be destroyed, sold into the pet trade, or to roadside zoos.  

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