Over 30 African lions rescued by Animal Defenders International (ADI) from ten circuses in Peru and Colombia have gone home to their native Africa in the biggest ever airlift of its kind.
The lions, who endured years of confinement in cages on the backs of trucks and a brutal life being forced to perform in circuses, now live at the amazing Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary in Vaalwater, Limpopo, South Africa.
Set in 5,000 hectares on a private estate the sanctuary is also home to other rescued lions and tigers who live in large acreage habitats of pristine African bush. Real lion country!
After acclimatising to their new environment in special bonding camps, where their health and wellbeing can be checked by staff and veterinarians, the ADI rescued African lions are released into natural enclosures, complete with drinking pools, platforms and toys.