Lions can be bought at a cheaper rate than buffaloes in Pakistan, according to local media reports.
The administration at the Lahore Safari Zoo is willing to sell some of its African lions at a price of PKR 150,000 (Rs 50,000) per cat, Samaa TV reported.
On the other hand, a buffalo is available for PKR 350,000 (Rs 1.17 lakh) to PRK 1 million (Rs 3.35 lakh) on the online marketplace.
The Lahore Safari Zoo plans to sell 12 of its lions in the first week of August to raise funds.
The wild cats, including three lionesses, have been bred in captivity.
The lions can be sold off to private housing schemes or animal husbandry enthusiasts at a premium.
The zoo authorities decided to sell the lions in an attempt to meet the rising costs of maintaining animals at the zoo and other expenses.
The maintenance of a wild cat is not only difficult but also expensive. Lions eat eight to nine kilograms of meat per day.
The zoo administration said that they regularly sell off a few lions and use the funds to augment expenses, Samaa TV reported.
As many as 14 lions were sold off to citizens on the pretext of limited space in the safari zoo last year.