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Photos of MGM Grand lions, on display at casino habitat for the last time today

Animal Attractions

Leila Navidi

Trainer Katie Massey plays with 8-week-old lions at the Lion Habitat at MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Friday, June 17, 2011.

Last Day for Lion Habitat

One of the 8-week-old baby lions at the Lion Habitat at MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Friday, June 17, 2011. Launch slideshow »

The lions will roar no more at MGM Grand.

On Tuesday night, the big cats ended their 12-year run at the casino, which is getting rid of their glass-encased, indoor habitat as part of an ongoing $160 million renovation.

The lion habitat opened in 1999. Twenty lions rotate in and out of the exhibit, where they nap, wrestle and play.

Now they will return to The Cat House, an 8.5-acre ranch outside Las Vegas where they live with trainer and habitat designer, Keith Evans. He cares for 40 lions that have appeared at the hotel.

The lion has been a part of MGM’s brand for decades, and Evans’ lions are reportedly descendants of Leo, the most recent lion mascot used by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios.

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