We are now in the middle of winter at the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary (ADIWS) in South Africa, the coldest time of year. The coming weeks are expected to be particularly cold and the ADIWS team responded bringing in over 300 extra bales for added insulation. We provide a home for lions and tigers rescued from a life of suffering and abuse around the world. While they love basking in the sunshine and patrolling their habitats by day, the nights can be cold for these battered old warriors that have had the worst possible start in life.
Some endured more than a decade confined in tiny circus cages, lacking exercise, lying in excrement and urine, and malnourished. At ADIWS we pick up the pieces dealing with arthritis, spine problems and other health issues. That’s why the houses attached to their main habitats have rooms for treatment and observation and to provide a warm place to sleep. We have heated floors in three houses for senior lions – like Simba who was left with terrible arthritis after life in a circus in Peru. Now we want to add heat lamps to more of the houses for our lions and tigers to keep them snug at night as they approach their senior years.
The ADI Wildlife Sanctuary team leapt into action when Sombra appeared to have had a seizure. Slightly unsteady on her feet she was enticed into a travel crate and our veterinarian Dr Caldwell, arranged an MRI to check her brain. GOOD NEWS: Sombra’s MRI is clear of seizure damage, but she has been put on seizure medication and will have to be monitored.
THE LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF CIRCUS SUFFERING: The poor circus diet fed to this tiger family lacked important vitamins – this, and inbreeding, resulted in poor development as cubs, so the nerves at the base of their skulls are restricted. This causes the seizures. Tragically, this led to dear Bimbi passing away. It’s a relief that Sombra’s MRI did not reveal the same level of damage as Bimbi. In daughters Jade and Luna, the problem shows in their unnatural gait on their front legs.
Help with the perfect Father’s Day gift for Itza. The rescued lions and tigers love their large natural habitats to explore, play in and disappear from sight. However, our lion and tiger houses provide more than a warm place to sleep, they enable us to hospitalise, monitor and treat sick animals, or to simply separate animals at feeding time.
Iron is currently test driving the rooms in his house and once we know everything is working perfectly, we will be moving in Bolillo to begin their reintroduction process with protected contact (Iron and Bolillo knew each other in the circus). The rooms are connected by mesh drop gates, there are chute feeders for safe feeding, water troughs, and access doors for cleaning.
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.
Hear freedom roar at this special screening of the award-winning feel-good movie Lion Ark, which we have rescheduled for Monday, June 29th in Sonoma, California (Note: Date likely to change — watch this space for updates). A benefit for the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary, watch the drama unfold with the rescue team leaders as ADI tracks down the circuses in Bolivia and RESCUES EVERY ANIMAL.
Following our Home for the Holidays US fundraiser on December 8th and online appeals, we have hit our target to build the travel crates for the 17 lions and tigers rescued from circuses in Guatemala during ADI Operation Liberty and who will be coming home to the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary soon!