A herculean international effort to rescue circus lions from horrific conditions in Bolivia has come to a very happy ending. Most had been housed for years in cramped rusty cages in which they could barely turn around, but will now live out their lives on 80 acres at the Wild Animal Sanctuary northeast of Denver, CO.
A law was passed recently in Bolivia that virtually eliminated the country’s circus industry by prohibiting animal performances. The animals’ living conditions were deplorable and most were severely malnourished. Animal Defenders International worked with the Bolivian government to find the animals a home.
They rescued 25 lions from eight circuses. Bob Barker, U.S. television host, helped finance the rescue. Through an arrangement with Wild Animal Sanctuary, the cats will live on 80 acres of land in multiple large habitats. A special temporary building with heat, grass, trees, and natural sunlight was constructed to house the cats until the weather warms up in the Spring.
Grab a hanky — watching the cats’ unfettered joy in being free of their cramped cages is something you won’t soon forget:
In a reader? Click here to watch the lions at their new home.
It costs $8000 per year to feed and maintain these big cats. ADI is helping with part of the expense, but donations are welcome. You can even “adopt” a lion for $30/month. Click here for details if you’d like to help.