Cuddle up with an Easter Leo

Easter symbolizes hope and new life, and that is very much the story of our rescued lions and tigers at the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary. Leo is the Sanctuary father figure and the most senior lion, at 19 years old. Leo was rescued and came to the ADIWS with mate Muñeca and their children Africa, Kiara, Rolex, Chino and Coco – we were told he was daddy to many of the lions in Peru’s circuses. As befits our most senior resident, we act quickly if King Leo has a potential health issue. Most recently, he seemed to be not liking his food and losing a little weight, so we scheduled a dental check for both Leo and Muñeca. In the meantime, we tried hand-feeding with tongs with a variety of foods, cut into small pieces – and feeding him twice a day. Leo picked up straight away, and it seems he likes to be hand fed. Understanding his message, we have adjusted our level of service to boutique hotel style with gold service for seniors!

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Tanya’s medicine time while Tarzan waits

Tanya takes her medicine as Tarzan waits outside for his princess. At the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary, the day begins with medicines for several residents, before breakfast. Coming from a life of suffering, many of our circus survivors require treatment for arthritis and damage caused by in-breeding and poor nutrition as growing cubs. Many also have damaged and broken teeth. Tanya is receiving medicine for suspected toothache prior to a visit to the dentist. She previously had dental surgery in our field hospital in Guatemala soon after her rescue from the circus. Loyal Tarzan follows her to their house each morning and waits patiently outside while ADIWS Animal Care Manager, Hadio, gives Tanya her morning medication in a treat. ADIWS has strict COVID and other disease prevention measures in place, with all food prepared wearing gloves and masks. However, our residents are not so relaxed with people in masks, and so medications are given without masks.

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