London Zoo welcomes new Asiatic lioness

Arya, a four-year-old lioness, travelled from Paignton Zoo to London on Tuesday and was caught on camera exploring her paddock for the first time.

Zookeepers hope Arya will spark a new love interest for Bhanu, as they work to preserve the endangered species as part of a global breeding programme.

To make room for the new lioness, three previous residents named Heidi, Indi and Rubi, moved to Germany's Schwerin Zoo on April 8.Asiatic lions are now only found in the wild in one location worldwide, a forest the size of London in Gujarat, India, where approximately 500 of the animals live.