Ricardo is one of the 33 lions starting a new life in Africa later this week.
Rescued from circuses in Peru and Columbia, the animals were rescued from poor conditions. With claws removed, broken teeth and near blindness, they could not survive in the wild. But they’ve found an animal sanctuary big enough to accommodate them.
According to Animal Defenders International who rescued the animals, “These lions have endured hell on earth and now they are heading home to paradise.”
The lions are headed to Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary in South Africa. This privately owned sanctuary has plenty of room to house the animals.
It will take a cargo aircraft to accommodate the biggest lion airlift in history, with a team on board to monitor the cats during the flight.
The rescue wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for a crowdfunding campaign on GreaterGood.com. Major supporters also include Bob Bakers DJ & T Foundation.
Although wild animals in circuses is illegal in much of South America, many of those countries have difficulty enforcing the law.
Isn’t it about time Canada banned wild animals from being used in circuses? Read more and find out how you can help here.