HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at ADI, and a HUGE THANK YOU for everything that you have helped us achieve in the past year from awareness and education campaigns to securing new laws to rescuing and caring for animals. For Thanksgiving this week, the lions and tigers at the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary have been enjoying special melon treats. This gallery gives a taste of the fun they have been having.

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Catnip fun for the Cuscos

The allure of catnip draws in Scarc, Amazonas and Mahla (the Cusco family) in a great game to tear up the punch bag. Kindly provided by Kunduchi Pet Products, our ex-circus survivors love to own anything new they find in their territory at the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary, South Africa.

Who do you think had the most fun?

Help keep the fun going by donating towards more enrichment – great for their mental and physical health.

Sasha having a spooktacular time

It’s not just fun, it’s physiotherapy for lioness with titanium replacing part of her leg bone.

Now at the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary, South Africa, Sasha was in severe pain when she was rescued by ADI from a Guatemalan circus. The circus had cut off her toes in a brutal declawing operation, crushing a toe in the process, which became infected and developed cancer. Dr. Peter Caldwell performed ground-breaking surgery in South Africa replacing diseased bone with a titanium implant. Since then she has been pain-free, and plays vigorously, but continues to limp because after years of doing so the tendons had shortened. So play like this is great fun and important physiotherapy as Sasha grapples with her swing with both front paws.

Thank you to everyone who has donated to send more pumpkins to the lions and tigers.

Just a small amount – for example the cost of a cup of coffee – helps provide treats and fun for the lions and tigers at ADIWS.

National Pumpkin Day

We hope that you are enjoying all of the Halloween fun our ex-circus survivors are having at the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary. As you can imagine, a pumpkin or squash causes HUGE excitement, which means it does not necessarily last very long! To keep our residents properly entertained, we need to raise funds for more pumpkins and squashes as well as other enrichment like tires, hay bales, balls, catnip bags, and anything else they need.

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A carousel for lions

Chino and Coco enjoy our latest addition to Kornberg Habitat at the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary, a carousel on which tires and boxes stuffed with catnip hang. The playful boys love chasing and grappling with their toys. The brothers were rescued from a tiny cage in a circus in Peru where there was nothing to stimulate their mind or body, and no room to stretch their legs. Now at the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary in their native Africa, they get to explore the 2.5-acre Kornberg Habitat and they are regularly treated to enrichment, which is so vital to their health and wellbeing.

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Playful Sasha

Sasha was rescued by ADI from a Guatemalan circus where her front toes were cut off to prevent her claws growing, crushing one toe in the process, which became infected and turned into cancer. Once at the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary, South Africa, Sasha underwent groundbreaking surgery, which involved replacing diseased bone with a titanium implant. Although now pain- and cancer-free, the tendons in her leg are contracted due to a lifetime of limping, so we are providing her with ongoing physiotherapy and rehabilitation – this tire filled with catnip, kindly provided by Kunduchi Pet Products – perfect to help keep this playful lioness mobile and her spirits high.