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CIAM – Nearly three years old.  Born in a French circus and bought as a cub by owner who kept him in his garden in a cage measuring just 15m².  Confiscated thanks to efforts of Fondation 30 Million d’Amis and given refuge at Natuurhulpcentrum in Belgium.  Now lives at the Jean Byrd Centre, the Born Free Foundation and Shamwari rescue centre in the north of Shamwari Reserve, South Africa. 

Ciam has settled in beautifully.  In this picture you can just spot him on his deck, enjoying the view around him and keeping an eye on his neighbours, our leopards Leda and Rhea. Indeed, I must say he looked at home from day one. Just like a lion, he owned his enclosure and his presence is felt by our other lions at the Jean Byrd Centre. Ciam is vocal but be is not giving us too much yet. I’m sure as the time go by, he is going to be more confident, well maybe he is just modest, because he doesn’t seem to lack any confide

Nelson looks great too, however he is going to take a bit more time to get used to his new home. Please don’t get me wrong, I think he likes everything about his enclosure, he is just taking his time to get to know it. 

I’m pleased to report that he eats very well and I have never seen a lion that can clean bones out like that. I’m planning to treat them both as soon as I get a road kill, I would love to see what they will do with a full, medium-sized carcass.  It will be my welcome to Africa to the boys. 

Nelson seems to love his hospital camp and his little house where he feels kind of safe I guess, but he still goes out to the main camp and he would explore it slowly and where he gets a nice spot where the autumn sun is shining he would sit there and relax.  However, as he hears a sound or other lions calling he would slowly take off to his safe spot.  He will do this looking around, also calling a little bit and making those calling–meowing sounds. He does not look scared or uncomfortable at all. He is just being him. 

Yesterday (14th) he was in his main camp, scent-marking and he was even in front of the deck where the viewing deck for our guests is located.  So, at 0840 I was doing a tour of our sanctuary and I decided to take my guests to this viewing deck.  He looked beautiful, he just sat there and looked at everyone, then walked a bit and sat in a different spot where he could look at us properly.  Our guests loved him.   

See these pictures…

Nelson in his hospital camp, relaxed in the morning sun

17.5.17 - Nelson roaring, clearly more relaxed in his new home. Thanks for this Catherine! (Catherine Gillson, Born Free Centre Manager)


Nelson in his main camp.

So for now all is well :) 

Born Free would like to thank the Olsen Animal Trust for their commitment to funding lifetime care for Nelson and Ciam, along with a private donor.

You can help Born Free with future rescues here

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

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