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Sex: Female
Born: August 5, 2003
Loving Adoptive Parent: Stephanie McCollum - Paradise, TX
Loving Sponsors: Kerri Porter - Knoxville, TN

Layla is a stunning and HUGE African lioness who found a permanent home at CARE after extensive travel with her previous owners. Layla spent most of her life here at CARE living with two tigresses, Sydney and Rasa. For many who visited CARE it was an odd, yet beautiful sight to see these two amazing species living in harmony, well… for the most part anyway. Instinctively lions are more dominate than tigers and this trait sometimes showed in Layla. She would become quite the diva and always wanted her way and this caused a little trouble with the other ladies. For the most part Layla and tigers were great friends and enjoyed each other's company, although we all knew she would enjoy the company of Sampson (big male lion) much more.

In 2011 Sampson's elderly mate, Sprinkles, passed away. It was our chance to move the younger Layla in with another of her kind. It was love at first site! Unfortunately, after four years together, Sampson passed away. Layla was moved back to an enclosure near her old friends Sydney and Rasa and all the staff and volunteers make sure she gets plenty of visits and love so she doesn't feel alone.