Shakira returns from hospital

After a stay in hospital, Shakira has returned home. Now 14 years old, Shakira was rescued from a circus in Colombia and lives at the sanctuary with Easy, the two lionesses almost inseparable.  

Our care team had noticed Shakira looked uncomfortable and did not want her food. We consulted with our veterinarian Dr Peter Caldwell and, after encouraging her into her night house and then travel crate – a great show of trust in her carers and avoiding any need for sedatives – Shakira was soon on her way to the hospital.

Following antibiotic treatment, Shakira initially recovered and started to eat again but then regressed. Dr Caldwell took x-rays, several different ultrasounds and blood tests. It is an unusual condition – there is a problem with her chest lining around her lungs and other organs – requiring consultation with specialists.

After spending a few days in the hospital and responding well to treatment, which she will continue to receive, she was able to come home to the sanctuary. 

The need to get Shakira quickly to the hospital emphasized our next MOST URGENT NEED: A TRAILER FOR THE SANCTUARY.  

At present, for hospital trips, rescues and emergencies, we have to hire a trailer – as we did, and at very short notice, for Shakira. With your help, we can be ready to take our animals to the hospital, as needed, go to the aid of animals like horses and donkeys in need of help, and collect grass and hay bedding for our rescued big cats.

Our target is $3,000. Can you help?

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If you can sponsor the entire trailer, we can put your name on the side, “sponsored by….” And any additional funds raised will go to other essential work at our young sanctuary.

Help empty the cages with our new limited edition clothing!

UPDATE: This campaign has ended. Watch this space for future limited-edition clothing!

We’ve launched a new range of t-shirts, tanks and sweatshirts (available only until August 18th) in a range of colors, featuring tiger Kumal rescued from a circus cage in Guatemala and lion David saved from a circus in Peru.  Both are now loving life at the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary.

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New pick-up truck thanks to Robert R Sprague Foundation

Thanks to the Robert R Sprague Foundation, we have a great new pick-up truck (bakkie in South Africa), as part of a grant to help the sanctuary through the COVID-19 crisis. This really is an essential addition to the ADIWS – it has been a real struggle with just one rather battered truck up to now. Almost every lion and tiger came out to see the new bakkie as it toured and we think they gave it the paws up! 

Two years ago, we did not even own the land on which this sanctuary is built. Today we have enclosures for 42 rescued lions and tigers covering 68 acres (almost 3 million square feet of animal habitats), so a vehicle to get around them is really useful! 

With our fundraising efforts focused on survival at present, this was a huge boost. 

We’d like to add a special personal thanks to Dr Lo Sprague without whom we could not have got the Guatemala tigers and lions home (she was part of our crew flying with them too!) and whose personal support has been essential to creating our sanctuary. 

Thank you to everyone who is helping us through the ongoing global financial crisis. You really are making a difference to these animals’ lives. Everything helps, and if you are able to give today, please do so here:

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#GivingTuesdayNOW – May 5: Help damaged animals at ADI Wildlife Sanctuary

Donations for animal care have dropped because of the COVID-19 pandemic. WE NEED HELP NOW!

43 lions and tigers at the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary, South Africa, were rescued from circuses in Peru, Colombia, and Guatemala – NOW THEY NEED US AGAIN!

On #GivingTuesdayNow – GLOBAL DAY OF GIVING on May 5 – we need to raise $12,500 / £10,000 for 1 month of food, medicines, and vitamin supplements for our ex-circus lions and tigers.

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Emergency Appeal

UPDATE (April 10): South Africa lockdown has now been extended through the end of April.


Last night (23 March 2020), in an attempt to combat the spread of COVID-19, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a 3-week shut down in the country, from Thursday 26th March.  All South Africans must stay at home – with exemptions for health and other essential workers. People will only be able to leave their homes to buy food, visit the pharmacy, seek medical care or to collect a social grant. All businesses will close, except for medical facilities pharmacies, laboratories, petrol stations and food stores. The shutdown is expected to be enforced by police and the military. South Africa has a young population but millions are vulnerable due to long-term disease, malnutrition and the healthcare system suffers an acute lack of resources. 

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