Mighty Simba

Simba is one of the senior residents at the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary. He’s a bit wobbly on his feet these days and is treated for arthritis in his hind legs but there’s no doubt he still looks magnificent. His arthritis is a result of his early years in a cramped circus cage in Peru before ADI rescued him and his constant companion Rey. Earlier this year we added extra steps to his platform to help him up and down after a hospital visit when his arthritis seemed to be catching up. Simba ignored them, leaping up and down as he’d always done – that’s his choice! An old warrior living with dignity, home in Africa, in Guibord-Sprague Habitat at the ADIWS.

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.

Lazy Sunday afternoon with Kimba

Rescued from a circus in Guatemala, Kimba could not look more relaxed, home in Africa at the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary. We are currently in the process of uniting Kimba with Tomas who was rescued from the same circus in Guatemala. The boys rotate in different sections of Augie Habitat, and are fed separately, but alongside each other in the lion house. Lions are very sociable and so far it is looking very promising. However, as tranquil as Kimba looks here, lions are powerful animals and so introductions are slow and cautious!


At a glance you just see male lion Tarzan, but look closer and there’s Tanya snuggled at his side.  The lions saw each other through thick and thin in a circus in Guatemala – tiny Tanya even fought to defend her beloved Tarzan when he was attacked by a tiger – now they are always at each other’s side in the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary, South Africa.

Earlier this year, Dr Peter Caldwell was able to give Tarzan a partial lip lift to repair the horrific damage after a tiger tore apart the lion’s face in the circus. It was not possible to fully repair the damage, but, as can be seen in this picture, the surgery made a huge difference for Tarzan.

An update on Leo

It’s been just over a month since we said goodbye to Leo’s lifelong companion Muñeca, and we know many of you might be wondering how this gentle giant is coping without her.
The incredible ADI Wildlife Sanctuary team has been keeping a close eye on Leo to monitor his movements, providing extra attention, enrichment, and treats. By giving him smaller, more regular meals, the team is spending extra time interacting with him.

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Tomas: Home to Africa after detour

When Guatemala banned animals in circuses, Tomas was the first animal to be surrendered. But not to ADI, instead he went to a local zoo. Several months later when ADI began removing lions and tigers from circuses as part of the circus ban enforcement operation, the zoo decided it did not have the space for Tomas. Little did he know it, but as Tomas was moved on again, this time he had really caught a lucky break that would take him all the way home to Africa. The ADI Temporary Rescue Unit in Guatemala were only given 20 minutes notice that a lion was already on his way! We frantically moved ‘freedom’ cages around and prepared a space for Tomas. 14 months later, Tomas was on a flight with 12 tigers and 4 other lions home to the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary in South Africa.

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