For some weekend fun, see our new video of lions and tigers at the ADIWS playing with their new footballs!
All animals are curious and enjoy new experiences and exploring their environment. Like us, exercising their intelligence and senses is important to their wellbeing. And the science now confirms what we all knew – non-human animals feel joy, pleasure, pain and fear much as we do. Knowing this, once we rescue our lions, tigers and other animals from circuses, we give them the largest possible natural habitats with space to run and lie in the sun (or soak in the pool if you are a tiger). But we are conscious that although the wildlife in their habitats is very entertaining, they still need new things to interest and engage them – this the reason we give them random objects like cardboard boxes with catnip/hay, pumpkins, melons and towers of hay bales to destroy. We are always looking for new toys to introduce.
It has really been business as normal for Leo since his return to the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary following surgery to remove an eye due to a cataract which had become inflamed. It was feared Leo might lose his sight when we first rescued him from a circus in Peru, because his eyes were in such poor condition. However, thanks to the right care, that was over seven years ago. Leo, who is 17 or 18 years old, is recovering well, back with his companion Muñeca, and walking about the enclosure as if nothing has happened.
The animals at the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary have nearly all been rescued from abusive conditions in circuses in Peru, Colombia and Guatemala. Our thanks to everyone who supports the veterinary care necessary to address these challenges.
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.
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.
The changing seasons and life month by month for the rescued lions, tigers and other animals at the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary, South Africa. Saved by Animal Defenders International from horrific suffering in circuses this is the beautiful world enjoyed by our circus survivors now.
Tarzan and Tanya are brave, loving lions who survived the circus in Guatemala and came home to Africa.
Before ADI rescued them, the pair endured eight years in a barren cage and Tarzan suffered horrific injuries when he was attacked by a tiger in the circus. His lower lip has healed but hangs down (we hope to get him cosmetic surgery), and tiny Tanya was left with torn ears and scars on her face and back after she valiantly defended her beloved Tarzan during the fight. They truly adore each other, and Tarzan is famous for kissing Tanya’s head before they go to sleep at night.
We are delighted that our dear Colombian ex-circus lion, OJ (Ojiclaro), has been discharged from hospital and is home for Christmas.
OJ went into hospital a couple of weeks ago after he seemed unwell, and we were all so very sad when he was diagnosed with leukaemia. Our vet Dr Peter Caldwell said his prospects were bleak, as no cure has been published, but when we asked how long OJ might have at home, Peter said there was something he could try. Naturally, we said yes.