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Operation Lion Ark: The Lions Are Home!

Posted: 8 January 2011. Updated: 25 February 2011

In an historic world first, Animal Defenders International has rescued an incredible 25 lions from eight circuses in Bolivia.

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Accompanied by the Bolivian authorities, the ADI team travelled all over Bolivia seizing lions and other animals from shocking conditions in circuses.

These lions have now touched down, and are beginning their new lives in the Wild Animal Sanctuary, in Colorado.

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Malnourished, thin and dehydrated lions were found in tiny cages on wheels. One circus had a staggering eight lions in a small cage, little bigger than two double beds, on the back of a truck.

These twenty five lions have come a long way from their old life in the circus: they are now being nursed back to health in an ADI compound in Santa Cruz on land donated by the city Mayor. The animals are being prepared for ‘Operation Lion Ark‘, a record-breaking airlift to The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado, where they will live out the rest of their days in safety and comfort.

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