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But years of confinement, deprivation and physical abuse has left a mark on the animals they rescue, sometimes for months, or years.
These animals need looking after, of course. They need food, and veterinary care, often surgery, medicines and vitamin/mineral supplements to give them the quality of life they now deserve.
The ADI Wildlife Sanctuary in South Africa is now home to 42 ex-circus lions and tigers from Guatemala, Peru and Columbia, and one lion from a zoo. They have more space and freedom than ever before. Staff at the sanctuary are committed to giving these wonderful big cats the care they need to enjoy the rest of their lives.
An example of rescuing the animals was in Guatemala.
The use of animals in circuses was banned there in April 2017 and the government invited ADI to help enforce the law 12 months later, because some circuses were defying the new law.
ADI launched Operation Liberty in May 2018 and established a Temporary Rescue Centre to look after the rescued animals until they could go to their new homes.
15 tigers and 6 lions were rescued; tigers Max, Simba and Kimba went to their forever home at Big Cat Rescue in November 2019.
100 years ago, Javan and Balinese tigers prowled the jungles of Indonesia. Over generation after generation of tiger, mother after mother taught cub after cub how to fit the islands they were born on. They became unique – each a subspecies in its own right.
But people slaughtered them. They were tracked, found, killed and skinned to enhance the prestige of the big-game hunter or fill the coffers of a wildlife trader. Both are now extinct. They’ve gone. And on the next island along – the same thing is happening again.
There are fewer than 400 Sumtran tigers left. That number is going down. They are critically endangered.
Despite the persistent efforts of conservation teams, there aren’t enough areas that are protected to stop poachers getting through and setting deadly snares.
The tigers have no idea about all of this. They don’t have a clue. They cannot avert the slaughter they see don’t coming.
We need to make a stand and learn from the mistakes we’ve made before. We cannot lose these tigers from Sumatra.
Fauna and Flora International are putting rangers in place. They are training and equipping them to remove the snares and keep poachers away. Then the beautiful Sumatra tigers can be safe in the wild again.
In short, donations will put more rangers into the field.
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I saw this video, this afternoon, and I wanted to share it with you. Please share it with everyone you can.
The ultimate message is that we SHARE this planet. It demonstrates how dominant the human race has become - and how selfish. I am not going to tell you anymore about it - please just watch it for yourself. Here it is: