Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Moving Safia to her new enclosure

  • Safia after being anaethetised © Jane Strachan
  • Jane Strachan removing Safia's chain © BFF / J Young

December 2009

Following her rescue from southern Ethiopia, Safia is moved to a new temporary enclosure, while planning for the Centre continues.

With the help of Rea, Born Free’s consultant vet in Ethiopia as well as Jane Strachan who initially identified the little lion cub, Safia was sedated in order to give her a health check and to allow the Born Free team to relocate her to her new enclosure. 

Rea undertook the health check initially, taking her weight (27kg) and temperature, listening to her heartbeat and more.  Rea also looked at her front left paw – although it is at a bit of an angle, it is flexible and usable and potentially will improve with calcium supplements.  Jane Strachan was given the honour of removing the chain which had been around Safia’s neck since the little lion’s arrival in the village.

After the health check, Safia was loaded into a travelling crate and the team drove the 30km to the site where the Born Free Wildlife Centre is to be constructed and where Safia’s enclosure was positioned.  Safia was then carefully taken from the crate and placed in the indoor section of her new enclosure.

Once she came round from her anaesthesia, Safia dopily investigated her new enclosure, feeling grass under her paws, sun on her back and wind in her fur for the first time in a long time. 

She is slowly getting used to her new surroundings, enjoying the view down the valley, watching the passing wildlife and relaxing under her platform, appreciating that she is no longer disturbed by people being unkind and thoughtless. 

Although this is an improved situation for now, Born Free intends to create a far larger area for Safia in the grounds of the Wildlife Centre.  Here Safia will be provided with lifetime care and possibly a companion in due course. 

Safia in her new enclosure

  • © Jane Strachan
  • © BFF / J Young
  • © BFF / J Young

To continue to improve Safia’s well-being, we need your help.  The Centre will need significant investment by Born Free and any donation you might be able to offer will be appreciated by Born Free and those animals we seek to provide with a better life.  For more information on the Centre, please click here.

You can see a short video of Safia relaxed in her new enclosure below.

How you can help

Born Free Foundation is developing a Wildlife Rescue, Conservation and Education Centre, named 'Ensessakotteh' (meaning 'animal footprint') on a 77-hectare site just 23km from Addis in Ethiopia. This will provide a permanent home for Safia and other rescued animals.

Be part of the project by donating here

Born Free Foundation
Broadlands Business Campus, Langhurstwood Road
, Horsham, RH12 4QP, UK - Charity Reg. No. 1070906

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