Update on Tsar & Jamil

Thanks to your kind donations, two rescued lion brothers are flourishing in their temporary home in Belgium, with plans well underway to move them to our sanctuary in South Africa, in the coming year.

A close-up photo of two young male lions - one licking his lips

Tsar and Jamil (c) Natuurhulpcentrum

Do you remember Tsar and Jamil, the lion brothers rescued from war-torn Ukraine? As you can see, the youngsters are clearly thriving, thanks to the loving expertise of our friends at Natuurhulpcentrum, in Belgium. Now nearly three years old, the pair have grown strong and boisterous at their halfway house. 

In the summer, Born Free asked supporters to help give these beautiful big cats a lifetime home and, you responded in your thousands! Thanks to your kind donations, our team is now busy finalising the detailed paperwork and complex plans needed to move the young pair to their forever home – our big cat sanctuary at Shamwari Private Game Reserve, in South Africa.


Watch Tsar and Jamil playing

“When you think what they’ve been through, it’s miraculous to see Tsar and Jamil so healthy and playful,” exclaimed a delighted Maggie Balaskas, Born Free’s Head of Rescue and Care. “They looked so anxious when we first heard about them… I’m so grateful to Born Free supporters. How incredible that, if you treat wild animals with the love and respect they deserve, they can transform.”

We’re hopeful that everything will be ready for the lion move to take place in the New Year and we’ll be in touch soon with news!

You can help support Tsar and Jamil’s loving, care for life, by giving a gift to our Ukraine Lion Appeal.