These Circus Lions See the Wild for the First Time

Sep 30, 2015 at 6:47 pm |
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A Fairytale Ending for Abused Lion Brothers

When lion brothers Jora and Black were taken from their mother as cubs and brought to perform on a circus in Bulgaria, they were likely never going to see the wild again. At the circus they were subjected to cruel treatment and confined to very small quarters.

Lions Jora and Black Set Free

Source: Born Free Foundation

But in January, 2015, the Bulgarian government banned the use of wild mammals in circuses, fate took a very different turn for Jora and Black. With the help of the Born Free foundation and Four Paws, they began the long journey home to the African savannah.

Lions Jora and Black Set Free

Source: Born Free Foundation

The last circus lions left in Bulgaria took off on a two-leg trip home, that first brought them to London. The co-founder of the Born Free Foundation, Virginia McKenna, was there to meet them.

Lions Jora and Black Set Free

Source: Born Free Foundation

“They still have a long way to go but I am really happy that with the generous public support we are able to offer them a wonderful new home with our friends at Shamwari Game Reserve. They deserve no less.”

Lions Jora and Black Set Free

Source: Born Free Foundation

When Jora and Black finally arrived in South Africa, a crowd gathered to celebrate and watch them step into the wild for the first time in seven years.

Lions Jora and Black Set Free

Source: Born Free Foundation

“The story of Jora and Black and their opportunity to live in peace in South Africa is an uplifting one,” said Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA. “A testament to the hard work of so many dedicated people including Born Free staff, and an inspiration that drives us to save more animals in need wherever they sadly languish.”

Lions Jora and Black Set Free

Source: Born Free Foundation

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Viva los lions!