Animal Defenders International

 

Animal Defenders International

Animal rescues

José & Liso Anti-Poaching Fund

22 August 2017

GET THE POACHERS - Support the José & Liso Anti-Poaching Fund

Brief Background: ADI rescued ex-circus lions from Peru and Colombia, find a home in South Africa. ADI’s

Happy Father’s Day for our rescued Dads

18 June 2017

This Father’s Day we hope will be an enjoyable time spent with family. It will be for king of the pride, Leo, who will be in the African bush with daughters Africa and Kiara and mate Muneca. A family...

Devastating news about two of our rescued lions.

3 June 2017

Everyone at Animal Defenders International and Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary is heartbroken and devastated that two ADI family members, two of our rescued lions, have been murdered in an evil attack on Emoya...

SUNDAY: EPIC LION RESCUE FEATURES ON CBS 60 Minutes

5 March 2017

On Sunday, March 5, 7:00pm ET/PT – CBS 60 Minutes will air ADI’s dramatic rescue of 33 circus lions from Peru and Colombia back to their native Africa. 60 Minutes traveled to Peru to meet the lions...

SAVED! Lonely zoo bear gets her storybook ending!

20 February 2017

Dominga, a spectacled bear like Michael Bond’s Paddington, got a real Valentine’s Day treat, after an Andes trek to a forest sanctuary in Peru.

Animal Defenders International (ADI) has rescued...

Mountain mission to rescue lonely Paddington bear.

10 February 2017

The Animal Defenders International (ADI) mission to relocate bald spectacled bear, Dominga, to a forest sanctuary for Valentine’s Day is now underway! We're launching an emergency appeal to help...

Help get Dominga home!

27 January 2017

11-year-old spectacled bear Dominga lives all alone in a zoo in Peru. Through the stress of captivity, she has lost almost all of her hair. ADI has been working to move Dominga for over a year, and...

Help Simba & Rey take the final step to freedom!

27 January 2017

An angry mob, a 19-hour mountain journey, a specially-chartered international flight: Just three of the obstacles we overcame to take brothers Simba and Rey out of misery in the circus, home to Africa....

Magic Moments of 2016!

22 December 2016

ADI's countdown of magic moments for animals in 2016...

#10 Magic Moment of 2016: MONKEYS SAVED FROM PET DEALERS.

A resounding vote at CITES prohibiting international trade in Barbary macaques,...

Wildlife photographers support ADI lion rescue

22 November 2016

We are privileged to have the support of some incredible wildlife photographers donating pictures to raise funds for ADI’s Operation Spirit of Freedom. Their beautiful photographs were auctioned as part...

José and Liso’s big day!

22 November 2016

Two very special lions, now in their very special home - thanks to you! Best buddies José and Liso were rescued from the circus in Peru and flown home to Africa by ADI. Suffering head trauma...

Building new lives for rescued lions!

3 November 2016

Animal Defenders International (ADI) has released a moving new video of a family of ex-circus lions experiencing freedom for the first time, in a natural habitat ADI built for them. Leo, his mate...

Great t-shirts that save animals!

19 October 2016

Operation Spirit of Freedom t-shirts now available! Whether you want to tell the world how you helped rescue young Pepe, or if you want to wear handsome Ricardo proudly on your chest, you’ll find...

Urgent appeal: Help get Dominga home!

30 September 2016

Dominga is an 11-year-old female spectacled bear who has lost most of her hair due to the stress of captivity. She lives in a small zoo in the Andes in Peru because there was nowhere else to put her. ADI...

Lion family reunited in Africa

8 September 2016

Leo, his mate Muneca, and daughters Africa and Kiara have been reunited in the African bush after they were torn apart by a travelling circus in South America. The wonderful news comes after tens of thousands...

Bond of love between lions

22 August 2016

Leo and his family were rescued by Animal Defenders International from a circus in Peru and relocated, along with 26 others, to their native land and forever home at Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary in Limpopo...

Tragic News – two of our rescued lions struck down by toxin.

3 June 2016

It is with great sadness that Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary and Animal Defenders International announce the passing away of Rapunzel (right) and Kala (left), two of our 33 lions rescued from South American circuses....

People who made the rescue possible

5 May 2016

Our huge Operation Spirit of Freedom mission in Peru and Colombia has concluded. We began with nothing and had to build our temporary rescue center in a field of alfalfa on an industrial lot! But we...

South American circus nightmare is over as 33 lions wake up to an African dawn

4 May 2016

33 lions, rescued from appalling conditions in circuses in Peru and Colombia by Animal Defenders International (ADI), surely cannot believe their eyes as they roared in their first sunrise in the African...

Massive lion airlift scheduled for April 29th

25 April 2016

33 lions, 24 from circuses in Peru and nine from Colombia, rescued by Animal Defenders International are heading back to their homeland after both countries banned the use of wild animals in circuses....

Hoover flown to forever home in Florida

18 April 2016

After a lifetime of suffering in a Peruvian circus, on April 23rd, Hoover the tiger arrived into Miami International Airport (MIA) and was transported to his forever home at Big Cat Rescue in Tampa. Wildlife...

Saved! Now let’s get Hoover to his forever home in Florida!

24 March 2016

Hoover is the sole survivor of a group of twelve circus tigers in Peru and was rescued by Animal Defenders International (ADI) during Operation Spirit of Freedom mission to help enforce Peru’s ban on wild...

Help send them home!

19 February 2016

ADI now has all the permits in place to fly the 33 lions ADI has rescued from circuses in Peru and Colombia home to a new life in a safe sanctuary in South Africa – Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary. To fly...

Farewell Sarah

29 January 2016

Our dear lioness Sarah, rescued by ADI from a Portuguese circus in 2007, has sadly passed away, after nine wonderful years of freedom back home in the African bush. Having saved 39 spider monkeys, owl monkeys, squirrel, woolly and black and...

Tiger secures place on freedom flight after surprise circus raids by ADI

18 April 2015

Hoover the tiger, Mufasa the mountain lion and Condorita the condor have been removed from two circuses in northern Peru during raids as part of Animal Defenders International’s mission to enforce Peru’s...

Cholita, the real-life Paddington bear

19 March 2015

Cholita the ‘real-life Paddington bear’ – who was abused at the circus and captured the world’s hearts – was rescued by Animal Defenders International during our Operation Spirit of Freedom mission in...

Denied his mother's love Fausto finds companionship

13 March 2015

Baby woolly monkey Fausto has finally found the companionship he desperately needs and craves after being saved from the illegal wildlife trade in Peru. Torn from his mum, little Fausto is now in the care...

ADI raids circus in Northern Peru saving lions and monkeys

13 March 2015

On March 12, 2015, the Peruvian authorities, SERFOR and ATFFS with ADI raided a circus in a desert area of northern Peru saving three lionesses and two monkeys. ADI has now rescued almost 70 animals during...

Renowned vet dentist flies in to help Operation Spirit of Freedom lions

21 February 2015

Lions and tigers in traveling circuses often suffer in silent agony for years due to broken and infected teeth. A blow to the face of a lion during training or when the animal is being moved can lead to...

Lonely monkey finds his Val-entine

12 February 2015

An embrace with Valerie ends a lifetime of loneliness for rescued Pepe The...

Farewell Kimba

31 January 2015

We are desperately sorry to report that Kimba, the grand old man of ADI's Operation Lion Ark has passed away. Kimba was the oldest lion to be rescued during our mission to empty Bolivia of circus animals;...

Meet the animals rescued during Operation Spirit of Freedom

13 January 2015

During Operation Spirit of Freedom ADI assisted the governments of Peru and Colombia with enforcement of new laws prohibiting wild animals in circuses. Over an 18-month period, over 100 animals were saved...

Images and Video from Operation Spirit of Freedom

13 January 2015

How 33 lions went home to Africa

Operation Spirit of Freedom

13 January 2015

Animal Defenders International has completed the biggest animal rescue of its kind, helping the authorities in Peru and Colombia implement legislation to end the use of wild animals in circuses. Over 100...

TV legend Bob Barker funds ‘lion's share’ of successful mission to save circus animals in Peru

14 November 2014

Philanthropist and multi Emmy award-winning TV legend Bob Barker has generously donated $500,000 to fund the ‘lion’s share’ of an epic mission by Animal Defenders International (ADI) to help enforce the...

History in the making – wild animals say goodbye to the circus in Peru

13 November 2014

Having secured the ban, Animal Defenders International undertake record-breaking rescue mission ADI has emptied the last circus of its wild animals in Peru as part of a record-breaking rescue mission,...

Huge rescue mission launched in Peru to save suffering circus animals

15 August 2014

Animal Defenders International (ADI) is embarking on an important collaboration with Peru’s authorities including SERFOR (wildlife and environment), ATFFS (enforcement), and the police. ADI is providing...

Farewell Simba

21 July 2014

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of dear Simba, one of our first Bolivian pride. As many of you will remember, Simba's health deteriorated last year but with veterinary attention and...

R.I.P. Toto

14 July 2014

1976-2014 ADI President Jan Creamer remembers a remarkable person Our hearts are breaking – dear Toto – the chimpanzee we found in the circus in 2002 and flew him from Chile to his final forever...

Dr. Mel Richardson 1950-2014

3 January 2014

It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of Dr. Mel Richardson, a dear friend and colleague. Known to many as simply “Dr. Mel,” he was the overseeing veterinarian on several Animal Defenders...

Farewell Dactari

11 December 2012

It is with great sadness that we pass on the news that ADI's dear Dactari has passed away – a wonderful good natured lion who loved life and enjoyed nothing more than playing with his companions Bambek...

Get well soon Dactari

17 October 2012

Dactari, one of the first lions ADI relocated from Bolivia to ARK2000, is unwell and all our thoughts are with him. He was seen struggling to breathe and so the decision was made to anesthetize him to...

COMING SOON: LION ARK THE MOVIE!

6 July 2012

First we went undercover to collect the evidence. Then a long campaign secured Bolivia’s ban on animals in circuses. People thought that was it. But a year later we were tracking down the circuses...

Announcing LION ARK NIGHT, a special celebrity fundraiser in the Hollywood Hills!

6 July 2012

Save the date: October 13th, 2012! It began with our investigators embedded in the South American circuses; it led to country after country banning animal circuses; then in Operation Lion Ark...

Life begins for the Lion Ark Prides

18 November 2011

At the end of last year, securing a ban on the use of animals in circuses in Bolivia, we completed the rescue of EVERY animal from circuses across the country. Six monkeys, a coati mundi, a deer and...

No longer alone

18 November 2011

ADI and Lakeview have been seeking a non-breeding companion for our wonderful ex-circus baboon Tilin, who had spent at least 17 years with the circus, entirely alone. So we were desperate for Tilin...

Lions rescued by ADI go free in Colorado

6 July 2011

It will be their own Independence Day, as three groups of lions from Animal Defenders International’s record-breaking Operation Lion Ark are released on Tuesday 5th July, 10 a.m. by Animal Defenders International...

Rescued lions freed: Five lions walk into Colorado sunshine

23 May 2011

The lions rescued by Animal Defenders International (ADI) will be freed into the second of four massive natural enclosures being built on 80 acres at The Wild Animal Sanctuary near Denver, Colorado. The...

Generosity of Bob Barker ending suffering across the globe

1 March 2011

Last week Operation Lion Ark touched down in Denver, CO – a single DC10 aircraft carrying 25 rescued circus lions from Bolivia, in the biggest rescue operation of its kind in history. Animal Defenders...

ADI's Record Breaking Lion Ark Touches Down!

19 February 2011

Animal Defenders International’s record breaking ‘Operation Lion Ark’, a rescue that began in Bolivia last November, ended on February 16 when 25 lucky lions touched down at Denver airport at 4:00 pm,...

‘Operation Lion Heart’ - Valentines day rescuers prepare to load 25 lions in record breaking airlift

15 February 2011

The record breaking lion rescue by Animal Defenders International (ADI) moved a step closer to lift off today. ‘Operation Lion Ark’ is due to take off from Bolivian soil on Wednesday 16th February, and...

Colorado sanctuary ready to receive record-breaking lion airlift

15 February 2011

On February 16th, the Animal Defenders International (ADI) Lion Ark will touch down at Denver International Airport with 25 lions rescued from circuses in Bolivia en route to a fabulous new life for the...

ADI’s record breaking pride of lions one step closer to flight to freedom

15 February 2011

The Lion Ark of Animal Defenders International (ADI), the leading animal protection organization that works globally for the protection of animals, moved a step closer to take off today when ADI’s vet...

Bolivian Companies Back Record-Breaking Rescue by ADI

15 February 2011

Animal Defenders International (ADI) has been overwhelmed by the amount of support in Bolivia for Operation Lion Ark, which will see 25 rescued Bolivian circus lions taken to a new life in the USA next...

Lion Ark Diary 1: Meet Kimba

9 February 2011

Meet Kimba. He’s the 25th lion to be rescued by...

Lion Number 25 Saved

9 February 2011

Operation Lion Ark is set to reach a roaring crescendo, following seizure of one final lion, Kimba The number of lions being airlifted on the record-breaking ADI airlift, known as Operation Lion Ark,...

Por favor ayúdenos a salvar 25 leones de circo!

3 February 2011

Por favor haga su donación al fondo “Salva los Leones” Haga una donación En una histórica primicia, Animal Defenders International (ADI) ha rescatado 25 leones de ocho circos en Bolivia. Ultimas...

A Pride of Celebrities Pledge Support for Operation Lion Ark

3 February 2011

It is called ‘Operation Lion Ark.’ It’s the biggest-ever animal rescue of its kind, and now a host of celebrities are urging people to get behind the cause and send a donation to help “Save The Lions.”...

Operation Lion Ark: Cub saved from a Bolivian Circus named after TV Star Bob Barker

27 January 2011

Three tiny lion cubs saved from an animal circus in Bolivia by ADI have been named after three people who helped make the rescue possible. The cubs, two males and a female, now named Percy, Bob and...

Operation Lion Ark: ADI plans massive airlift of rescued lions from Bolivia to Colorado

19 January 2011

Preparations are underway for what will be a historic and record-breaking animal rescue when 25 circus lions rescued by ADI are relocated from Bolivia to a new home in the U.S. The lions that lived...

ADI seizes all Bolivian circus lions as animal circus industry shuts down for good

14 January 2011

Seven-week old lion cubs born into misery, will grow up free in the U.S. In a series of dramatic seizures all over Bolivia, Animal Defenders International (ADI), a leading animal protection group headquartered...

Operation Lion Ark: The Lions Are Home!

8 January 2011

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