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Florence, Alabama: Live Lions On College Campus

Since 1974, the University of North Alabama has been the only U.S. college whose mascots are live lions. Current mascots Leo III and his mate Una live in a public outdoor "habitat" on campus, with plenty of viewing areas, built in 2007 at a cost of $1.3 million.

E. Irvine Ave., Florence, AL
On the campus of the University of North Alabama. Downtown, where US Hwy 72 turns from east-west to north-south, go north on Court St. Drive seven blocks. When Court St. ends, bear right onto Irvine Ave. You'll see a large parking lot on the left. Park in a Visitors space. Walk straight onto campus and bear right at the fountain. You'll see the lion enclosure ahead.
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Two lions slumber behind bars.

Live Lions on College Campus

Beautiful lions, and really close up to them!

[Marilyn, 09/07/2019]

In the absence of opportunities for free range meal hunting around town, the sports mascots bask within the George H. Carroll Lion Habitat.

Live Lions on College Campus

Nice place to picnic near the large fountain. The visitor parking was easy to find and close to the lions.

[Becki Retzlaff, 06/08/2019]

Lions habitat.

Live Lions on College Campus

This is very cool. There is also a beautiful fountain located across from the lion habitat.

[Danae, 06/09/2014]

The George H. Carroll Lion Habitat is a 12,000+ ft. enclosure where live versions of the college mascot are kept well-fed and on display for visitors.

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