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Rescued circus tigers and lions to be airlifted from Guatemala to South Africa


A historic rescue mission by Animal Defenders International, known as Operation Liberty, enforcing Guatemala’s ban on animals in circuses, concludes on Sunday, when a cargo aircraft will take off from Guatemala City with 12 tigers and five lions to a new life in South Africa.

The animals, who endured years of severe confinement, are destined for the 455 acres ADI Wildlife Sanctuary in the Free State.

For 18 months, an ADI team had been in South America, working with government officials to enforce a ban on animals in circuses that became law in 2018.

21 lions and tigers were removed from circuses and had been cared for in a specially built ADI temporary rescue centre until they could be relocated to sanctuaries.

The ADI team had undertaken similar operations in Bolivia, Peru, and Colombia, rescuing almost 200 animals.

The ADI Wildlife Sanctuary is already home to 26 lions – all but one rescued from circuses in Peru and Colombia.

- African News Agency

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