School children meet the ADIWS lions

Last week ADI President Jan held a 45-minute Zoom call with pre-k and kindergarten students from New Jersey’s Lacordaire Academy, as part of a study of Africa. The students were able to get up close with our rescued lions, with the Cusco pride (Kiara, Amazonas, Scarc, Mahla) making quite an impression as they played with catnip boxes and romped in their huge habitat. The kids also got to speak with Ernest, Lefaso, and Paul from the ADIWS Resident Care Team who provide food and care for the residents every day.

Jan talked through the animals’ stories, their different characters, what happened to them in circuses and how ADI rescued them. Teacher Mrs Thornton led the class and did a wonderful job engaging the students and explaining why their claws are removed. A huge thanks to Wayne Pocock and Ms Cavallero for making this happen.

Education and awareness are a huge part of the work of the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary, especially with development of the Jean Warner Sprague Education Center, which will provide opportunities for South African school children to learn about our residents, animals, and the environment.

ENJOY A VIRTUAL VISIT TO ADIWS FOR YOUR SCHOOL! We would be delighted to give your class the same opportunity as Lacordaire Academy. For the US, bear in mind the time difference. Please message us with your details and we can see what can be arranged.

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