Animal Defenders International


Animal Defenders International

A tribute to those on the frontline helping animals

On World Veterinary Day, Animal Defenders International (ADI) thanks the veterinarians working with us, relieving the horrendous health problems our rescued animals face. We save large numbers of monkeys, lions, tigers, bears and any other animals from horrific conditions, and ADI’s vets must deal with broken teeth, injuries, eyesight and nerve damage, parasites, joint problems, and the effects of lifelong malnourishment and inbreeding. They must work fast in challenging field conditions to do blood tests, x-rays, ultrasound and surgeries.

Thanks to our amazing supporters, the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary (ADIWS) in South Africa is home to 42 ex-circus lions and tigers from Guatemala, Peru and Colombia (plus 1 lion from a zoo), and our bears, monkeys and kinkajous live in Amazon forest habitats in Peru. At ADIWS, our rescued cats have more space and freedom than they have ever known and our commitment is that all ADIWS residents receive the veterinary treatment and daily care they need to enjoy their lives – lifelong supplements and medications to treat eyesight, nerve damage and joint problems and for
seizures due to inbreeding.

Help animals damaged by the circus

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.

© Animal Defenders International 2020