This is Iman.
Iman is a young, orphaned lioness who was confiscated in Eastern Somaliland earlier this year.
Iman is believed to have been taken from Ethiopia for a buyer in the Middle East.
She is now in good health, thanks to the expert emergency care from our friends at the Cheetah Conservation Fund at their temporary rescue site in Somaliland. With permission from the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority and His Excellency Muse Bihi Abdi, President of the Republic of Somaliland, Iman was moved this week to Born Free’s sanctuary, Ensessa Kotteh, in Ethiopia.
Ensessa Kotteh is a wildlife rescue, conservation and education centre that houses orphaned or injured wild animals and those confiscated from the illegal trade.
Sadly, Iman will never be able to be released back into the wild. At Ensessa Kotteh, she will live in our care, free from harm, in a large, natural and spacious enclosure.
Will you help fund her lifetime care at our haven for wild animals?
Her lifetime care will include food, veterinary care, environmental enrichment and enclosure upkeep, as well as our work protecting other animals in need at Ensessa Kotteh.
Will you please help give Iman a life worth living?
Ensessa Kotteh Wildlife Rescue, Conservation & Education Centre was established in 2009 and acts as a haven for wild animals that have been orphaned, confiscated from the illegal trade or rescued from captivity in Ethiopia.
Where possible, animals are rehabilitated and returned to the wild. If this is not possible, they are given lifetime care in spacious, natural enclosures.
Ensessa Kotteh is currently home to eight lions, The Cheetah Family who were rescued from the illegal wildlife trade, hyenas, geladas, grivets baboons and tortoises.
The sanctuary also conducts conservation activities, provides outreach and environmental education and helps the Ethiopian government build capacity in wildlife management. Earlier this year, we also opened Ethiopia’s first wildlife vet centre.