Catnip toys for lions

Rey A (from Ayacucho) gets stuck into a box stuffed with hay and catnip at the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary. Filmed soon after Rey returned from hospital, you can see where he was shaved for an ultrasound. Rey and brother Simba were rescued from a circus in Peru and had not been apart until Rey was taken ill. The greeting the two lions gave each other when Rey returned was incredible and if you’ve not seen it, watch it here.

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Lion loyalty

Tarzan says “No” to food and meds until he sees his Tanya! Recently, Tarzan was unwell. Taking no chances, we took him to hospital. But he was miserable there and refused to eat or take his medication. The solution – bring his Tanya in early for her dental check! The couple were put together in the same hospital room. They were overjoyed to see each other, and Tarzan immediately took his meds, ate his dinner, and went straight to sleep, guarded by his Tanya! 

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Lionesses enjoying football

Congratulations to the “Lionesses” (England’s women’s football team) for winning Euro 2022. The lionesses at the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary love their football as shown off here by Mahla at the weekend. The lions do however take the expression “tough tackling” to another level”!

Not to be left out, the Sanctuary’s tiger team also loves to play ball, although their rules can be hard to follow.

If you’d like to fund a ball or other enrichment, click here.

Catnip time!

Big or small, all cats go crazy for it. Huge thanks to Kunduchi Pet Products, a company based in South Africa, for donating 10kg of catnip to provide our rescued lions and tigers fun enrichment. Enrichment and play are essential for keeping rescued animals physically and mentally healthy. Enjoy these photos of our ADI Wildlife Sanctuary residents enjoying catnip stuffed into boxes with teff. Which photo is your favorite?

If you’d like to donate towards more catnip and other enrichment for our big cats to enjoy, click here.

Freedom looks good on Tomas

Strikingly handsome ex-circus lion Tomas checks out his kingdom from his viewing platform before retiring for a nap at the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary in South Africa. After ADI helped to enforce legislation banning all animal circus acts in Guatemala, Tomas’ family members Kimba and Sasha were handed over to ADI and cared for at our Temporary Rescue Unit. Tomas was first given to a zoo by the circus, but thankfully, the zoo did not have space for him and he was brought to ADI and reunited with his pride.

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Soaking up the rays with Rey

The close bond between brothers Smith and ReyC, seen here soaking up the last rays of afternoon sun from their viewing platform, has always been apparent. When they were in a Peruvian circus, they endured abuse, malnutrition and confinement in tiny cages.

Smith, who lacks a mane due to castration, almost lost his life after he pounced on a member of the public during an incredibly reckless performance – ADI successfully fought to save him.

They and their family were rescued and flown to the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary in their native Africa. These two magnificent boys now share the spacious 6 acres of the Stephanides Habitat. Help support the lifetime of the care they deserve.

Rey Cusco & Smith: Brothers in Africa

Rescued by ADI from a circus in the city of Cusco, Peru, are thriving in the world nature intended for them at the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary, South Africa. The two endured a brutal circus life, deprived of their physical and psychological needs as they lived on bare boards in a tiny cage. Smith is a huge male, but lacks a mane because he was castrated in the circus. At the Sanctuary, they receive proper nutrition, veterinary care, vital enrichment such as catnip-infused hay boxes, and ample space to roam, relax and play in an environment as close to what nature intended.

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Lonely Hearts update: David and Easy

Lions David and Easy have been enchanting the whole human population at the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary, as their bond has grown closer, and they follow each other around the habitat. We love that when they travel up to the end of the habitat, if David is in front, he stops and waits for Easy to catch up. When Easy moves off to explore, she will wait for David, and they do an affectionate head bump.

Phase 1 of our roads project complete

The summer rains this year left our dirt roads between our lion and tiger habitats damaged, churned up, and often impassable. Our habitats cover over 60 acres and are connected by almost two miles of dirt roads which are used several times a day to deliver food, medications and enrichment for the animals, for cleaning and maintenance, and security/welfare checks. Good roads are essential to the welfare of our residents and for any emergencies like fighting wildfires and getting a resident to the hospital if needed.

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