Rey and his brother Simba were seized from a circus in the Andean town of Ayacucho. It was a long and difficult seizure for the ADI team who had transferred the lions into an ADI holding unit while surrounded by an angry circus mob.
We then had a 19-hour journey with the lions over the Andes through rain, sleet and snow to get them to the ADI Spirit of Freedom rescue center near Lima. With the weather covers down, the brothers took the long journey in stride, snuggling up together on a deep bed of hay for comfort. Rey is most known for his deep golden eyes. Rey and Simba now have a journey to a new home in Africa at Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary ahead of them. A new life in their homeland is now just weeks away.