Sheba (born 1987; died October 6, 2008) was a female African lion (Panthera leo) at the Birmingham Zoo. At the time of her death, she was the oldest lion at the zoo, having survived her companion Maynard, who was euthanized on June 2, 2005.
The zoo currently has two lions on display, Kwanzaa, a male who went on display on February 15, 2006, and a female, Akili, in August 2007. Birmingham's lions are part of a nationally accredited species survival plan.
Sheba bit keeper Melissa Wright in February 2006 while being transferred between her overnight quarters and daytime exhibit area. Wright was treated at UAB Hospital for bite puncture wounds to the scalp, right arm and abdomen. Sheba died in October 2008.
- Bryant, Walter. (February 23, 2006) "Bite incident prompts review at zoo." The Birmingham News
- Large photo of Sheba at Birminghamzoo.com