Help Over 650 Rescued Lions, Tigers, & Bears

by The Wild Animal Sanctuary
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Help Over 650 Rescued Lions, Tigers, & Bears
Help Over 650 Rescued Lions, Tigers, & Bears
Help Over 650 Rescued Lions, Tigers, & Bears
Help Over 650 Rescued Lions, Tigers, & Bears
Help Over 650 Rescued Lions, Tigers, & Bears
Help Over 650 Rescued Lions, Tigers, & Bears
Help Over 650 Rescued Lions, Tigers, & Bears
Help Over 650 Rescued Lions, Tigers, & Bears
Help Over 650 Rescued Lions, Tigers, & Bears
Help Over 650 Rescued Lions, Tigers, & Bears
Help Over 650 Rescued Lions, Tigers, & Bears
Help Over 650 Rescued Lions, Tigers, & Bears
Help Over 650 Rescued Lions, Tigers, & Bears
Help Over 650 Rescued Lions, Tigers, & Bears
Help Over 650 Rescued Lions, Tigers, & Bears

Project Report | Jan 7, 2023
Ukraine Lions

By Patrick Craig | Executive Director

Ukriane Lion in Transport
Ukriane Lion in Transport

War, what is good for? The displacement of people and animals from their homes for sure. I’m betting you’ve heard by now of the more than 1 million civilians driven from their homes due to the fighting between Russia and Ukraine. But did you hear about the 9 African Lions from the Bio Park Zoo in Odessa? By March of 2022, they found themselves in danger and needed help as their city was starting to take air strikes.

But how do you get Lions out of a war zone!? It’s not easy. We had to first get them transported to a safer area for temporary residence because as you can imagine, the red tape involved with getting them out of the country, let alone one at war, was extensive. Every place that was contacted wanted to help but didn’t have the space to accept them. Finally, the Targu Mures Zoo in Romania stepped up to the plate but could only hold the Lions for a short time. That’s all we needed.

A group called Warriors of Wildlife (WOW) took on the mission of getting the Lions out of the active war zone and safely to Romania. During transport, a primary bridge was bombed by Russia causing the mission to have to detour to a route that took 3 times as long. Thankfully they were nowhere near the bridge when it was bombed and had the alternate route ready. With a little luck and a whole lot of skill, they made it!

Safe in their temporary residence, the clock was ticking, and TWAS worked tirelessly to get everything from paperwork to transportation crates ready for international travel. There were many snags and hiccups, but in September of 2022 we were finally able to bring them to their new home in Colorado.

Now these magnificent creatures are living in a war free, 80-acre habitat with natural grass beneath their paws, open sky above and rolling hills!  They are forming prides and bonds and most importantly, at long last they have finally found peace.

Ukraine Lions at the Refuge
Ukraine Lions at the Refuge

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The Wild Animal Sanctuary

Location: Keenesburg, CO - USA
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Project Leader:
Patrick Craig
Keenesburg , CO United States
$41,542 raised of $130,000 goal
 
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