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Alexus-Nicole Quinlan, 7, center, feels a python skin with her classmates from Heather Overton's second-grade class from Marshall Elementary School Wednesday morning during a field trip to the Phoenix Zoo. The field trip, paid for with tax credit-eligible donations, was part of the science class curriculum.

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Zoo is the new home of an African lion.

Officials at the zoo said in a news release Monday that Boboo, a 3-1/2-year-old male, arrived over the weekend from the Columbus Zoo.

Boboo will for now be in an off-exhibit area for one to two weeks in order to acclimate to the new surroundings.

At some point, he will be introduced to Cookie, a 20-year-old female African lion.

If the two fail to get along, they will have to rotate being on view for zoo visitors.

Boboo is the brother of Kitambi, an 8-year-old lion who died at the Phoenix Zoo in August from a severe systemic infection.

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