Monday yawning with Sasha

We hope that you have as relaxing a start to the week as indomitable lioness Sasha. Rescued from a circus in Guatemala and now living at the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary, South Africa, Sasha has a part titanium leg after diseased bone was removed. We dare you to flick through these and not once start to stifle a yawn. Worth checking them all out just to see what truly awesome jaws and teeth she has. Have a great week.

Kiara2 strides through the grass

Awesome. Kiara 2 striding through the grass in Davis Habitat at the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary, South Africa. The mighty lionesses are the mothers and hunters that hold prides together. Kiara lives with sister Africa both rescued from a circus in Peru after a dramatic chase through the desert near Piura. The circus was defying the country’s ban on animal circuses and had been in hiding for almost 8 months when ADI finally tracked them down.

Kiara and Africa are currently in a programme at ADIWS to unite them with brother Rolex from the same circus.

Kiara has a cataract in her left eye that is bein monitored by our veterinarian.

Lion introduction work continues

Easy gets a squirt in the nose which could bring companionship. As part of the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary lion introduction work (bringing together animals currently living alone), Jessica Burkhart from the University of Minnesota, is using a nasal spray of a natural hormone, oxytocin, often called the “love hormone”. This hormone is involved in childbirth, breast-feeding and is associated with feelings of empathy, trust and relationship-building – is released when lions rub heads, for example. This treatment enhances natural hormones, and has already had success in lion, tiger and cheetah introductions. The process increases the likelihood of animals making new friends – although it can’t make animals who do not like each other, get along.

Over the past weeks, David and Easy have been getting treats and enrichment from Jessica, and the lions seem to barely notice the squirt up their nose while they are distracted with a treat. Easy lost her sister Shakira (who was rescued from the same circus in Colombia) and we are in the process of her being united with David (who was rescued from a circus in Peru). We are also hoping to join up Rolex and sisters Kiara and Africa, and Bumba with Iron, as they both lost their friends. We are calling the project Operation Lonely Hearts! To avoid confusion – this is not a drug and is not related in any way to drugs with “oxy” in the name!

Look at Mahla now

This is how you expect to see a lioness in Africa, but Mahla’s story began very differently. She was born in a tiny circus cage in Peru and dragged from her mother (even as she suckled) to be passed around for petting and photos. Thankfully, Peru did the right thing and banned wild animals in circuses. In an almost 2-year mission, ADI raided every circus in Peru and saved every animal, bringing Mahla and 32 other lions home to Africa. Today, Mahla lives with her mother (Kiara1), brother (Scarc) and aunt (Amazonas) at the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary, South Africa. Our aim is to give our rescued animals back their dignity and a life as close as possible to what nature intended.

There are no longer any wild animals in circuses in Peru – please help ADI keep changing the world for animals like Mahla and securing laws to protect future generations of animals.

We hope that your weekend will be as relaxing as Mahla’s.

Sasha lioness is home

Our beloved Sasha has arrived home at the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary after two months in the hospital!

In November, Sasha had ground-breaking surgery to remove diseased bone from her leg and replace it with a titanium scaffold and bone cement.  The damage to her leg started in the circus in Guatemala. During a brutal declawing operation, part of the toe was left and became infected, leading to a local cancer and then bone cysts spread up her leg.  

Now she begins a slow, careful rehabilitation at the sanctuary.

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