ADI Wildlife Sanctuary – A place of loving kindness

We urgently need to repair damage to our perimeter fences, solar panels, equipment, two vehicles damaged in a fire. A solar panel and energiser which pumps water from one of our wells to the animal habitats and houses was destroyed. We also want to install soaker systems around all the habitats, to soak the grass at first fire alert. Can you help us today? Click here.

Providing a peaceful, secure refuge, the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary gives abused, rescued animals, respect and a life of loving kindness, as close as possible to what nature intended.

Set in 455 acres, the environmentally friendly sanctuary, with four natural wells, solar-powered state-of-the-art security fencing and solar water pumps bringing fresh spring water to auto-filling troughs to each habitat, our residents have space to roam free.

Later this year, we plan to start developing the J. Jarie Jensen Veterinary Center, where we will be able to treat animals within the sanctuary in order to avoid needing to transport them when they are sick. We also hope to benefit from visiting veterinary students and specialists from across the world.

As well as lifelong care for rescued animals, this sanctuary campaigns to change the world for animals, through education and public awareness. Our on-site Jean Warner Sprague Education Center teaches the next generation about the needs of animals and threats they face – helping animals today and into the future.

Assisting governments with strategic support and enforcement of animal protection laws, Animal Defenders International conducts large-scale animal seizures including removing ALL circus animals; we have emptied circuses in Guatemala, Bolivia and Peru and taken the first group of Colombia’s circus animals, following circus bans in those countries. These rescue operations have global impact, raising awareness worldwide, and encouraging other governments to act.

Donate now to support our sanctuary for rescued circus animals.

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Help give lonely lion Ruben a new life

Today is GivingTuesday, the world’s biggest day of generosity – can you adopt dear Ruben into your heart and help him today? Your gift can be the gift of life. The kind of life he will never have known before – the freedom to choose where he wants to be, what he wants to do.


For Thanksgiving this week, the lions and tigers at the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary have been enjoying special melon treats. This gallery gives a taste of the fun they have been having.