Eat, play, love: Sasha and Kumal’s tale

Tigers Sasha and Kumal were born in a miserable circus cage in Guatemala – no space, no comfort, no fun. They were rescued by ADI and Sasha and Kumal began to play. A happy ending and a reminder that whenever an animal like a tiger or lion is caged and confined, there’s a wild animal just bursting to get out and come alive again.

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Love conquers all: Tarzan and Tanya’s tale

Tarzan and Tanya are brave, loving lions who survived the circus in Guatemala and came home to Africa.

Before ADI rescued them, the pair endured eight years in a barren cage and Tarzan suffered horrific injuries when he was attacked by a tiger in the circus. His lower lip has healed but hangs down (we hope to get him cosmetic surgery), and tiny Tanya was left with torn ears and scars on her face and back after she valiantly defended her beloved Tarzan during the fight. They truly adore each other, and Tarzan is famous for kissing Tanya’s head before they go to sleep at night.

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Iron work!

You did it – the partitions in Iron’s house at the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary are underway!

The plastering inside Iron’s house – which will enable him to be introduced to a new companion, after the loss of his friend OJ – is drying, and the plastering of the outside is almost complete. This will protect the brickwork, increasing the life of the building and once it is painted, it will make cleaning easier and improve hygiene. The metal frames for the partitions are being cut and welded. 

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Help end Iron’s loneliness

Losing our beloved OJ has been heart-breaking for everyone at ADIWS, but none more so than his lifelong friend, Iron.

OJ and Iron were constant companions – they had been through years of suffering in the circus in Colombia, before living peacefully and happily together in the natural habitats at the ADIWS in South Africa. They were rarely apart. When one went under a tree, the other followed.

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Farewell to a giant: OJ

We have heart-breaking news – our dear lion OJ, one of our circus survivors from Colombia, has lost his battle against cancer. We had hoped he would get longer in the sun with his lifelong friend Iron, but it was not to be.  

At the start of December, 15-year old OJ was diagnosed with an aggressive and incurable leukemia.  With ADIWS veterinarian, Dr Peter Caldwell, we settled on treatment which would give him a good quality of life for a few months and if he was lucky, could give him years. Following treatment, our elderly warrior rallied and tests showed the cancer was retreating. He came home to the sanctuary for Christmas and continued his daily chemotherapy. 

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Homecoming

Five lions and 12 tigers, rescued from Guatemala circuses, make a great escape to freedom at the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary in South Africa. The animals were rescued during ADI’s 18-month operation to help enforce Guatemala’s ban on animals in circuses. Then, officials warned ADI to leave the country with the animals by 21 January or risk losing them. Organizing a flight like this normally takes weeks, but ADI was racing against time as flight after flight was blocked due to landing and security restrictions on flights from Guatemala. With just days to spare, ADI secured an escape route through Mexico, Belgium, and Qatar.

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Sasha lioness is home

Our beloved Sasha has arrived home at the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary after two months in the hospital!

In November, Sasha had ground-breaking surgery to remove diseased bone from her leg and replace it with a titanium scaffold and bone cement.  The damage to her leg started in the circus in Guatemala. During a brutal declawing operation, part of the toe was left and became infected, leading to a local cancer and then bone cysts spread up her leg.  

Now she begins a slow, careful rehabilitation at the sanctuary.

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