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Animal welfare group again sues Iowa zoo, focusing on lions

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An embattled northeast Iowa zoo is facing a second lawsuit -- this time regarding treatment of its endangered African lions.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund and five Iowans filed a lawsuit against the Cricket Hollow Zoo in Manchester.

Earlier this year, the national group successfully sued the zoo to force the removal of endangered lemurs and tigers.

The most recent lawsuit claims that Cricket Hollow Zoo confines African lions "in small, barren enclosures, which disrupt and impair the large cats."

The lawsuit claims that Cricket Hollow Zoo's treatment of lions violates the federal Endangered Species Act.

A phone message left Saturday by The Associated Press at the zoo was not immediately returned.

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