No, the growl you hear isn’t thunder – it’s four white African lions at Tasmania Zoo.
The zoo welcomed the four brothers, Narky, Megalou, Vati and Timba yesterday, from the National Zoo and Aquarium in Canberra.
The nine-year-old lions are getting comfortable in their new home before the exhibit is opened to visitors on Saturday.
Tasmania Zoo manager Rochelle Penney said the lions are settling in well.
“They’re doing really well, just chilling, taking it easy, lazing around,” she said.
The exhibit is the second largest in Australia, ten times the size of a standard lion enclosure, giving them plenty of room to stretch their legs.
Ms Penney said it is important the lions have room to move and are happy.
“That's one thing when we started planning for lions, they're such a large animal they need their room,” Ms Penney said.
The lions all weigh over 200 kilograms, with the heftiest tipping the scales at 225 kilograms. Each lion scoffs five to eight kilos of meat each day.
The lions are the first in Northern Tasmania.