Give Four Former Circus Lions A Sanctuary Home

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Give Four Former Circus Lions A Sanctuary Home
Give Four Former Circus Lions A Sanctuary Home
Give Four Former Circus Lions A Sanctuary Home
Give Four Former Circus Lions A Sanctuary Home
Give Four Former Circus Lions A Sanctuary Home
Give Four Former Circus Lions A Sanctuary Home
Give Four Former Circus Lions A Sanctuary Home
Give Four Former Circus Lions A Sanctuary Home
Give Four Former Circus Lions A Sanctuary Home
Give Four Former Circus Lions A Sanctuary Home
Give Four Former Circus Lions A Sanctuary Home
Give Four Former Circus Lions A Sanctuary Home
Give Four Former Circus Lions A Sanctuary Home
Give Four Former Circus Lions A Sanctuary Home
Give Four Former Circus Lions A Sanctuary Home
Give Four Former Circus Lions A Sanctuary Home
Give Four Former Circus Lions A Sanctuary Home

Project Report | May 22, 2024
TLC for our Lions of Lockdown

By Jennifer Cruse | Individual Giving Officer

Bellone and Louga
Bellone and Louga

Autumn is creeping in here in South Africa. The foliage is changing, the rains are increasing, and the temperature is cooling. 

The Lions of Lockdown continue to thrive in their new home. After years of being forced to perform several times a day, Louga, Bellone, Angela and Saida now have the luxury of privacy and control over their daily activities that they have always deserved. Now in our care at Born Free’s Big Cat Sanctuary at Shamwari’s Private Game Reserve they can behave more naturally, waking when they wish, taking a stroll around their territory at their leisure, seeking privacy whenever they want and for as long as they want and of course, doing what lions do bestsleeping! 

Feisty lioness, Saida, continues to be the most dominant in the group with Angela, Bellone and Louga more docile and laid back in character. Each lion enjoys a combination of time alone as well as lying and interacting with the others in the group. 

In recent weeks two of our Lions of Lockdown have been unwell. After a little bit of TLC, Bellone is back to full fitness and test results did not indicate anything of long-term concernBeautiful male lion Louga has been diagnosed with an on-going kidney condition. Sadly, this sort of health complication is all too common in big cats that have lived in completely inadequate captive conditions and put under the stress of extremely small living spaces, daily performances and an inappropriate diet, especially during their early, formative years. For now, Louga is in good spirits and has responded well to treatment to alleviate symptoms associated with this condition. Our dedicated Animal Care team and Shamwari Veterinarian will continue to monitor him extremely closely. 

As is typical of this season, thunderstorms have become more prevalent in recent weeks. Rather than shelter from the storm as some of our resident cats do, the Lions of Lockdown can often be seen viewing the storms from their higher ground and platforms. Together, they signal the end of a storm by roaring loudly across the plains. 

Saida, Bellone, Angela & Louga
Saida, Bellone, Angela & Louga

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Jan 24, 2024
A life of leisure for the Lions of Lockdown

By Natalie Blachford | Project Leader

Sep 29, 2023
Our ex-circus lions are flourishing!

By Natalie Blachford | Project Leader

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Born Free Foundation

Location: Horsham, West Sussex - United Kingdom
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Victoria Lockwood
Horsham , West Sussex United Kingdom
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