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Akili (born August 25, 2005 in Colorado Springs, Colorado; died July 18, 2022 in Birmingham) was a female African lion residing at the Birmingham Zoo.

Akili was born at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs. She was brought to Birmingham in August 2007 as part of a nationally-accredited species survival plan. She joined Kwanzaa, a male who had resided in the zoo's Predator Building since February 2006. On May 25, 2011, Akili gave birth to five lion cubs fathered by Kwanzaa: Asha, Baron, Kimba, Lily, and Vulcan.

Akili and Kwanzaa later took over an exhibit which had formerly housed the Malayan tiger Kumar. In September 2021 both lions displayed loss of appetite and sneezing symptoms. Fecal testing confirmed they had been infected by SARS-CoV-2. By the time the results were returned, their symptoms had improved.

Kwanzaa died in November 2021 from complications of lymphoma.

A 6-year old male, Josh, arrived in Birmingham in April 2022 as a potential mate. On July 18 Josh attacked Akili during their first meeting, and she died of her injuries early the following morning.