One of the most beloved animals at Noccalula Falls Park has died. Shelia the Lion has passed away.
A longtime favorite in the animal habitat at Noccalula Falls Park, Shelia, an African Lion known as the ‘Queen of the Falls,” had become like family to park staff and frequent visitors. Especially for the zoo manager Cindy, who was like a Mom to Shelia while she lived at the park. Staff members have worked with an exceptional veterinary team to handle a serious health issue, but unfortunately, over the last few weeks have seen her illness progress.
Shelia who came to Noccalula Falls in 2002 will be deeply missed by the staff and the community. Her ashes will be returned to the park. The public is invited to leave flowers at her enclosure at the park as well as share photos and memories of her on our Facebook page. The park does not have plans to get another African Lion.