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Passport checks as lions get ready to fly!

Posted: 27 October 2015. Updated: 28 October 2015

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The 33 lions rescued by Animal Defenders International from circuses in Peru and Colombia will be heading to their forever home in Africa next month, in the biggest airlift of its kind. The lions will live at Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary in Limpopo province, in huge natural bush enclosures funded by ADI, back in their native land.

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Officials from Peru’s CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) wildlife department have prepared the lions with microchips and export papers for their journey.

The lions were anaesthetised for the procedure by the ADI veterinary team and given health checks, with two lions receiving dental surgery.

ADI President Jan Creamer said, “It is a long and complicated process to move large numbers of wild animals across international borders, especially in an operation involving three countries. We are grateful for the collaboration of officials in Peru, Colombia and South Africa to make this happen for these lions."

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Following a ban on wild animals in circuses in Peru, Animal Defenders International has undertaken a year-long enforcement operation with Peruvian Government wildlife departments SERFOR and ATFFS. Every circus with wild animals has been tracked down and the animals removed, during often difficult confrontations. The organisation has also assisted officials with confiscations and re-homing of illegally trafficked wildlife.

In recent months ADI has been building habitats and relocating dozens of animals to their native environments as part of Operation Spirit of Freedom. Pilpintuwasi Amazon Animal Orphanage is now home to almost 40 more monkeys, kinkajous, and coatis. ADI has also relocated Cholita the bear, mountain lion Mufasa, several monkeys and a macaw to Reserva Ecologica Taricaya in Tambopata. Animal Defenders International continues to fund the care of all of these animals.

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