The New York City Police Department said the perpetrator is Myah Autry. She shared videos of herself climbing the wooden fence on Saturday, then waved and danced in the house as the big cat gaped.
In the video, the lion seems to be too stunned to fall, and the woman seems to be undisturbed, even if she takes a few steps toward her.
"I want to get closer to him," says the woman in the video as she climbs over the wooden fence. Hello, I love you! She mumbles as she beckons, before leaving for a little dance later.
In addition to the Lion Enclosure, Autry illegally entered the giraffe area at the Bronx Zoo last week.
Following their encounter with the lion, the police said: The woman, who uses a different name in social media, posted a photo of herself to police officers.
After a video of the incident surfaced, the Bronx Zoo was not amused and said the woman had endangered herself.
"This action was a serious breach and unlawful offense that could result in serious injury or death," it said. "Barriers and rules are in place to ensure the safety of visitors, staff and animals, and we have a zero tolerance policy for entering and breaking barriers."
Neither the woman nor the lion were injured in the incident.
Autry is wanted for criminal offenses, New York police tweeted Thursday night. It was said that anyone with information about their whereabouts should call 800-577-TIPS.
It is unclear how the woman got over the barrier or how long she was there. But it seems she has never crossed the great moat that separates the lions from those who visit the exhibition. The Bronx Zoo would not say how wide or deep it is.