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Six more tigers SAVED from circus suffering in Guatemala

Posted: 13 November 2018. Updated: 15 June 2019

Animal Defenders International (ADI) has rescued six more tigers from circus suffering in Guatemala, as we continue to help enforce the country’s ban on animal circus acts. ADI has now removed 21 lions and tigers from circuses in Guatemala; just one circus with animals remains.

Adult female tigers Bimbi and Lupe, parents Itza and Sombra, and their two unnamed cubs, were removed from the circus on Saturday. During the day-long rescue, which ran into the night, the tigers were taken from the scrapyard where they had been living and transported to ADI’s Temporary Rescue Centre in Guatemala. They join six lions and nine other tigers already rescued by ADI during its Operation Liberty mission.

The circus had refused to hand over the six tigers when ADI removed two of the lions and nine other tigers back in June, ADI vowing not to leave them behind. ADI is working with the government’s Animal Welfare Division UBA and wildlife department CONAP to enforce the ban on animals in circuses.

At the ADI Temporary Rescue Centre, the animals have more space than they have ever known. Enrichment such as swinging tyres, big hay bags filled with catnip, and pools for the tigers to bathe and play in, keep the animals entertained and healthy. Such simple pleasures also help build muscles and improve coordination.

It is expected to take several months to complete the documentation needed to take the animals to their forever homes. Most of the animals rescued to date will be going home to the new ADI Wildlife Sanctuary in South Africa, with three tigers going to Big Cat Rescue. Located in the US, the sanctuary is providing financial support for the animals they are taking. It can take many months to secure the paperwork to move the animals, that’s why we have built exercise enclosures to keep the lions and tigers healthy and entertained – thank you to everyone who has donated.

Following this latest rescue, there is just one circus with animals in Guatemala, reported to have 15 big cats. ADI is raising funds to save the remaining animals, and care for the 21 big cats now in our care. Can you help?

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