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Background: ADI build state-of-the-art quarantine enclosure

Posted: 7 July 2010. Updated: 15 October 2015


ADI builds state-of-the-art quarantine enclosure

Surprisingly, the authorities insisted on a 40 day quarantine period before the animals could leave the country.

Since there was no immediate prospect of getting the animals moved, and Cochabamba lacked any existing structure that was suitable for their temporary housing, ADI built temporary enclosures for the animals.

The Background to the Release

Read more on the remarkable journey of how these four ex-circus lions arrived in California after a life in the circus:

ADI hired the leading construction company COBOCE to build a state-of-the-art quarantine facility with six individual units for the lions, each with a height of four meters, so that the animals would have a good amount of space to move around. In addition, there was a recreational area to allow animals to spend time with and interact with each other.

This common area had a division to separate males from females. The enclosure was robust to house these wild animals safely, built upon cement and brick with metal-mounted mechanical structures. The baboon Tilin had his own house and enclosure, near to the lions with whom he had lived for many years.


Memorandum of Understanding with Cochabamba’s local authority

Despite the fact that the authorities wanted the building of a quarantine enclosure, ADI was taken through an administrative and legal quagmire of obtaining permits before any construction could start.

Letters and undertakings were given to the Mayor of Cochabamba and the national environment authorities, SENASAG and DGB, reiterating our commitment to care for the animals and requesting their help to speed up the process.

In addition, ADI was also asked to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the local authorities of Cochabamba that had to be adopted as a resolution of the Mayor. The agreement on the MoU, which granted permission to ADI to build the enclosure and use the site for only 6 months, was delayed until November 2009.


Inspections and export permits

The national health authority, SENASAG, conducted a routine inspection and confirmed the good health of animals. They also took stool examinations that yielded normal results.

Despite the fact that the animals were in their quarantine enclosure and that SENASAG had conducted the routine inspection of the animals and the site, the national environment authority, DGB, continued to delay the export permits. After many meetings and 8 months of negotiations, ADI had to submit huge volumes of documentation including:

  • Extensive reports on the animals’ health
  • Vaccine certificates
  • Vaccine receipts and veterinary services receipts
  • Dietary management plan (including food receipts)
  • Environmental enrichment report
  • SENASAG’s inspection reports

It is noteworthy that such documentary requirements are much greater than those which a circus or other private owner would be asked to provide. Circuses move animals across borders constantly, without hindrance. Yet in order to rescue these animals, ADI was obliged to put together a huge dossier in order to get export permits. Unfortunately our documents were then delayed when Icelandic volcano ash cloud closed most of the European airspace and the documents were delayed in transit.

In order to give the negotiations for the permits a final push, ADI staff from London traveled to Bolivia. The permits were finally issued in April 2010. However, they contained factual errors and had to be reissued. Eventually, we received our CITES export and SENASAG veterinary health permits, and were ready to leave. We could finally confirm our flights!

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