BELFAST — Two stuffed and mounted African lions have found a new home at a Maine high school, where they will be displayed in the front lobby for at least a year.

Nokomis Regional High School science teacher Howard Whitten put out the word last month that he was looking for homes for more than two dozen exotic stuffed animals he received from the Smithsonian Institution in 2004.

Whitten told the Bangor Daily News that most of the animals will go to a new natural history museum planned in Palmyra. But the pair of lions will be displayed at Belfast Area High School, where the school’s mascot – fittingly – is a lion.

Whitten said he got hundreds of phone calls and e-mails from people worldwide offering to take the animals.