Animal Defenders International


Animal Defenders International

Healing the damage from a lifetime of abuse

Circus animals are not only victims of physical abuse but of in-breeding, malnutrition and deprivation. When ADI rescues these animals we begin to pick up the pieces. Sombra was rescued by ADI from a circus in Guatemala and arrived at the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary in South Africa last month. She and her sisters, Lupe and Bimbi, suffer seizures and Sombra also has kidney problems – believed to be the result of in-breeding (the circus was constantly breeding cubs for photo props). A reason these animals can never go back into the wild, is that circuses and other intensive breeders are creating genetic problems that would be disastrous for wild populations.

This video of a recent hospital stay for Sombra shows some of the care needed to rebuild the lives of these animals. After a full range of tests including CT scanning and ultrasound, she was treated for low potassium and in a few days began to gain weight. She is now back in the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary with her family – who were clearly pleased to see her.

To help with Sombra’s ongoing care

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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