Lions Confiscated From German Circus Start new Life in African Sanctuary

Photo: ©Born Free Foundation

Maggie and Sonja, two lionesses seized from a circus in Germany, are settling into their new home in South Africa, “where they’ll have a second chance to live out their days in a nurturing and natural environment” at the Born Free Foundation‘s Big Cat Rescue and Education Centre at Shamwari Game Reserve, the conservation charity Born Free USA said in a news statement today.

The feline sisters spent their first eight years as circus performers, living in a circus trailer in appalling conditions, Born Free said. When the animals were confiscated by the German authorities in 2013, the Natuurhulpcentrum, a wild animal rescue and rehabilitation centre in Belgium, offered them temporary accommodation. They were rehabilitated and treated for wounds sustained whilst living in the circus, before being declared fit to travel to a permanent new home in Africa, the charity added.

Photo: ©Born Free Foundation

The big cats traveled via London and Nairobi in style, including a flight on the inaugural Kenya Airways Dreamliner service to Johannesburg. Land Rover Discovery vehicles towed them in their traveling containers to Shamwari Game Reserve near Port Elizabeth. “They were released straight into their large natural enclosure, where they were introduced —> Read More Here


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