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Lion rescue in Romania



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Update 16 October 2015: Welcome to South Africa! 

All six lions have arrived in Johannesburg safe and sound. Although they still have to remain in their crates for another three hours, all are very comfortable and doing fine. We are now working hard to reach our final destination as quickly as possible. South Africa, it’s always good to see you, but it’s even better arriving alongside six rescued lions!



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Update, 15 October 2015: Another lion will join the journey to LIONSROCK!

As well as the five lions from Baia Mare zoo, one other lucky lion is also making his way to LIONSROCK this week. Giovanni, a lion from our Big Cat Centre FELIDA in The Netherlands, will join the five lions in Frankfurt and will travel with them to LIONSROCK. Born in Italy in 2003, Giovanni went through many grim experiences before he was rescued  While still a cub, he was abused as a “photo lion” on the beach. Tourists could take pictures and cuddle him for money. Later, he was forced to perform in shows. During one show an accident happened and Giovanni lost his tail. After years of slavery, he ended up in FELIDA, which was later taken over by FOUR PAWS. All of his life, Giovanni was kept alone and away from other lions. But this is going to end soon. Once he’s well adapted in his new home in LIONSROCK, we’ll try to socialize him with an appropriate female partner.



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Update 14 October 2015: Ready for departure!

 

Before the journey began, the five lions underwent veterinary checks under anaesthesia. All five are in good health and ready for the long journey to South Africa. We will transfer them by car to Frankfurt International Airport, where they will depart on a cargo flight to Johannesburg. It is a long journey – but worth the effort. In less than 48 hours, these five lions will finally be in a species-appropriate home. They will feel the grass underneath their paws, will smell the fresh African air and will enjoy the first warm rays of the South African spring sun. Stay tuned! We’ll keep you posted about their exiting journey to South Africa.  

 



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Update 14 October 2015: Ready for their journey to Lionsrock

These sad eyes are from a lion who spent his entire life in a Romanian zoo in terrible conditions. Lavinia, Lidia, Marin and Tarhon Big and Petrica – are five lions who were left behind in Romania's Baia Mare Zoo when it was closed. Baia Mare did not comply with European regulations for the keeping of wild animals in zoos and sadly the lions had to stay as there was no alternative for them. Their fate was unclear until now. After months of work, FOUR PAWS is able to rescue the five lions and bring them to our Big Cat Sanctuary LIONSROCK.

 

After decades behind iron bars in tiny, dirty cages, they will finally experience life in a natural environment in LIONSROCK. In the last couple of months we have been busy constructing new enclosures, and they are now ready for the lions to move in. Their journey to South Africa is starting now and you can accompany them via social media.

 


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