Home to African lions and Hamadryas baboons, Valley of the Kings offers one of Zoo Knoxville’s coolest animal experiences: watching the animal staff training with both species on a special wall that allows guests to be part of the experience.



African Lions
Hamadryas Baboons


Keeper chats that include training sessions scheduled Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Zoo Knoxville is home to three African lions; male Upeppo and females Zarina and Amara.  Zoo Knoxville works in collaboration with other zoos across the country accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) as part of the African Lion Species Survival Plan (SSP) to ensure a healthy genetic population of lions in the Western Hemisphere.

Come face to face with our Hamadryas Baboons at the Valley of the Kings. Revered by ancient Egyptians, our troop feels right at home perched in the shadow of a pyramid sculpture. These animals have strong social bonds and a very complex communication system. Most at home on rocky cliffs, our boys spend their time perched on their climbing structure. Observe their complex social behaviors, including grooming and looking out for predators.