Wondered what you’ve achieved this week? Well, with YOUR help, Sandro the Real Tiger King is taking it easy in his spacious temporary enclosure at his new forever home – a tranquil sanctuary in northern Italy.
The only sound, apart from birdsong, is the water splashing into his swimming pond (did you know tigers love water?!) and Sandro takes a leisurely dip before sauntering (or is it swaggering?) across the grass, patrolling through the trees before returning to the pond and a quick shower under the fountain.
“What a contrast to his years living in a rundown zoo in Spain, noisy visitors banging on the glass of his cramped and barren pen,” said a delighted Maggie Balaskas, our acting Head of Rescue & Care. “Working together with you, THIS is what Born Free is all about. Now your gift today could help us provide Sandro with the good food and loving care for life he deserves in his peaceful new home AND help build him a vast permanent enclosure, over an acre in size!"
Born in captivity, Sandro endured many years in a small and barren pound in Ayamonte, a ghastly zoo in Spain. 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 had been waiting at a halfway house with our colleagues at Natuurhulpcentrum in Belgium. With your help, he can now live the rest of his life free from harm in a spacious, natural enclosure at the Italian sanctuary Centro Recupero Animali Selvaticidella Maremmain. Please help Born Free provide his lifetime care.
Image: © Centro Recupero Animali Selvatici della Maremma