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ADI to airlift 17 rescued tigers and lions from Guatemala to South Africa

ADI’s Operation Liberty, enforcing Guatemala’s ban on animals in circuses nears conclusion on Sunday, January 19, when a cargo aircraft will take off from Guatemala City carrying 12 tigers and 5 lions to a new life.

The animals, which endured years of severe confinement, are destined for the 455 acre ADI Wildlife Sanctuary (ADIWS) in South Africa. The flight will be arriving at O.R. Tambo International Airport in the early hours of Tuesday, January 21.

For 18 months an ADI team has been in Guatemala working with government officials from the departments of Unidad de Bienestar Animal (UBA) and Consejo Nacional de Áreas Protegidas (CONAP) to enforce a ban on animals in circuses that became law in 2018. 21 lions and tigers were removed from circuses and have been cared for in a specially built ADI Temporary Rescue Center until they could be relocated to sanctuaries. The ADI team has undertaken similar operations in Bolivia, Peru and Colombia rescuing approaching 200 animals.

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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, where it has so far saved 6 lions and 15 tigers. Now just one circus with animals remains in the country.

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