Animal Defenders International


Animal Defenders International


In January, the 17 tigers and lions we rescued from circuses in Guatemala touched down in South Africa and headed to the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary (ADIWS) in South Africa. The timing now looks like one of the luckiest breaks ever! We had been under immense pressure from Guatemala officials, to get them out of the country fast. Flights were blocked due to transit restrictions in the US and Europe; costs escalated massively. If we could have had a few weeks more to get a cheaper flight, a shorter route, we would probably have taken it. But the thought of moving those animals now is unimaginable, with flights cancelled and countries closed - MARCH 26 SOUTH AFRICA GOES INTO NATIONAL LOCKDOWN. A delay might have seen the animals stuck in Guatemala, doomed. The people trying to disrupt the rescue and get control of the animals were waiting to move in. AGAINST ALL ODDS WE GOT THE ANIMALS OUT OF GUATEMALA JUST IN TIME. Today, tigers Itza, Max, Stripes, Sombra, Lupe, Bimbi, Jade, Luna, Sun, Moon, Sasha and Kumal, and lions Tomas, Kimba, Sasha, Tarzan and Tanya are enjoying chasing through the long grass, sunning on platforms and soaking in their pools at the sanctuary. ADI takes on famously difficult rescues and this is not the first time we have been forced down seemingly the hardest possible route and it has turned out for the best. Thank you to and everyone who helped get them home YOU DID IT in the nick of time! Enjoy this gallery of an incredible journey and the animals enjoying their new life for the first time!

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Animal Rescues

Having secured and helped enforce an animal circus ban in Bolivia, ADI returned to Latin America to assist the authorities in Peru and Colombia. Over 100 animals were rescued during Operation Spirit of Freedom. In 2018 ADI launched Operation Liberty in Guatemala, and in November 2019 and January 2020 flew 20 rescued tigers and lions to Big Cat Rescue in Florida and the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary in South Africa.

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