Horus, Dadou, Thea and Cersei are all exploring their new home at our big cat sanctuary in Shamwari Private Game Reserve, South Africa. We’d like to thank every single one of you for making this possible – for your overwhelming generosity through donations, messages, likes, comments, shares, fundraising, events and support.
We’ve really enjoyed receiving all your questions about the cubs during our appeal and their relocation. Here, we answer the most frequently asked.
Sadly, no. Having been bred in captivity, the cubs would be unable to fend for themselves in the wild. At our big cat sanctuary in Shamwari Private Game Reserve they will be given expert, lifetime care in a spacious, safe and natural environment.
Yes, the cubs will all initially live together in spacious, safe and natural enclosure.
We have introduced big cats to each other in the past – most recently Brutus and Queen in March. We have no immediate plans to introduce the Lions of Lyon to other lions living in our sanctuary but we may consider doing so in the future when the cubs are older.
None of our rescued animals in permanent care are allowed to breed. We vasectomise males or spay/give hormone implants to females. This is because we do not want to add to the captive population. Also, sanctuary space is in short supply, so we keep these spaces for animals most needing rescue.
We are absolutely delighted the Lions of Lyon are so popular and are humbled by the offers of support we have received for them. We have no plans to add the Lions of Lyon to our adoption scheme, but you can make a donation to the work at our big cat sanctuary here.
No. Shamwari Private Game Reserve does not allow hunting on its land. Shamwari is a haven for wild animals. It has played a key role in reintroducing wildlife back to the Eastern Cape and has some of the most advanced anti-poaching units in South Africa. You can find out more about our big cat sanctuary here or by watching this short video.
Once again, thank you all so much for your support for the Lions of Lyon. You have made a real difference and have helped give them a better future.