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Lions Take Pride in New Home

Two more groups released at sanctuary

It’s a big day for two prides of lions who were rescued from circuses in Bolivia and brought to a sanctuary in Colorado. They’ll soon be roaming on 40 acres of rolling grasslands at The Wild Animal Sanctuary.

These two groups are the last of the 25 lions who were rescued from eight different circuses throughout Bolivia after the government banned the use of animals in circus acts.

Since their arrival at the sanctuary, they’ve been living in a 15,000-square-foot biosphere-like building, funded in part by former TV host Bob Barker and featuring natural amenities such as grass and trees, while being prepared for their release into the sanctuary grounds.

One of these two groups consists of one male and two female lions who all needed major dental work. The other included three cubs and their mother who had been used for photo sessions with circus customers.

Two other groups have already been rehabilitated and released into large acreage habitats.

“All of the lions are doing remarkably well,” Executive Director Pat Craig said, “and we are excited to be able to release these final two prides. Everyone who has worked so hard to save these lions is looking forward to seeing them enjoying their freedom and the quality of life they deserve.”

The Wild Animal Sanctuary is a 720-acre refuge for large carnivores who come from illegal or abusive situations. It’s located 30 miles northeast of Denver, Colorado, near the town of Keenesburg, and currently cares for more than 290 lions, tigers, bears, wolves and other large carnivores and provides lifelong care for its rescued animals.

More about the rescue here and here. And more about the Wild Animal Sanctuary here.