Lion Kisses

Tarzan and Tanya on a sunny Sunday morning at the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary, South Africa. In a week when ADI supporters all over the world have felt the heartbreak of the loss of our dear spectacled bear Cholita at 33 years old, we wanted to give you something to smile about. A reminder of how precious the years, you help us give to these animals, are something of the life they lost. Tarzan and Tanya were rescued from a circus in Guatemala, they faced hell together and now enjoy a life of peace and freedom. They adore each other and make it clear they would protect each other to the end.

In the circus, a tiger had attacked Tarzan, tearing his lip from his face. As it healed, it was left hanging from his chin. Tanya fought to protect him and was left with many scars. Last year ADI’s veterinary team gave Tarzan a lip lift, re-attaching the lip as best they could and making him more comfortable. Tanya seems to approve. These lions are an inspiring example of love, loyalty, and a determination to survive.

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