Visitors at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park would have been forgiven for thinking they’d seen Alex the Lion from DreamWorks’ Madagascar when this alpha male let out an almighty roar.
Taking to a rocky podium, the huge animal addresses the crowd with a succession of bone-tingling cries.
Spectators gasp in awe of the pride’s Mufasa.
A video of the amazing moment has been uploaded to YouTube and already had thousands of hits.
The roar resembles scenes from hit movie Madagascar in which Alex, a sheltered and spoiled zoo lion, roars for his doting fans.