SANDRO THE REAL TIGER KING IS ON HIS WAY!

Rescued From A Shoddy Zoo In Spain, A Sanctuary Home Awaits In Italy

With your help, Born Free’s appeal to raise funds to give Sandro the stunning 15-year-old tiger a new home in Italy and care for life has had a big impact. We know you’re eager to hear the latest and wanted to share some fantastic news about The Real Tiger King.

“Morning all, just a quick note to let you know that, after months of planning, Sandro is on his way to Italy,” said Born Free’s Head of Rescue & Care Maggie Balaskas. “The team left late last night. Sandro went into his travel crate in a few seconds (no sedation needed) and was quite relaxed. I’ll keep you posted but this has made my day!” 

Can you help give Sandro the loving expert care for life he deserves? 

How your gift today could help Sandro: 

  • £5 could buy health-enhancing vitamins
  • £14 could buy two day’s nutritious food
  • £195 could buy one week’s loving and expert care 
  • £3,500 could build a climbing platform (tigers love a good view of their surroundings!)
  • £10,130 could look after Sandro for one year including food and care 
  • £45,000 would fund Born Free’s contribution towards Sandro’s spacious new enclosure – 5,000 square metres or over an acre in size!

Born in captivity, Sandro endured many years in a shocking barren cage in Ayamonte, a squalid zoo in Spain. He paced back and forth, with no enrichment and little shade from the blazing sun. But despite this ordeal, Sandro never lost the fire in his eyes, his fighting spirit, or his dignity. 

Thankfully, after years of Born Free campaigning with our Spanish colleagues, Ayamonte Zoo was closed down in 2019. Homes were found for the other animals, but Sandro has been waiting in a halfway house, with our friends at Natuurhulpcentrum (NHC), in Belgium. He is now on his way to a wonderful sanctuary Centro Recupero Animali Selvaticidella Maremmain in northern Italy. With your help, he can live the rest of his life free from harm in a spacious, natural enclosure. Please help Born Free provide his lifetime care. 
 

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