This is Sandro, The Real Tiger King. There’s been some pretenders to the throne, but Sandro’s the real deal because he’s a survivor.
Born in captivity, Sandro was forced to endure many years in Ayamonte Zoo, Spain. At Ayamonte, Sandro used to pace his small, barren enclosure with no environmental enrichment and little shade from the hot Andalusian sun. Despite this ordeal, Sandro never lost the fire in his eyes, his fighting spirit, or his dignity.
Following many years of campaigning by Born Free and Spanish animal welfare NGOs, Ayamonte Zoo was finally closed down in 2019 and the animals relocated. Sandro has been rehabilitating in a temporary home with our friends at Natuurhulpcentrum (NHC), in Belgium. But we have just been able to move him to a safe and permanent sanctuary home in Italy.
With your help, we can give regal Sandro loving care for life.
Working with NHC, we have safely moved Sandro to Centro Recupero Animali Selvatici della Maremma, a wildlife sanctuary in northern Italy, where he can live the rest of his life free from harm in a spacious, safe and enriching environment. Finally, The Real Tiger King will be able to rule the kingdom he so truly deserves.
We live in extremely uncertain times, but even the smallest gift will make a huge difference to Sandro’s life. Please donate today so that Sandro, The Real Tiger King, can enjoy the specialist lifetime care he deserves, and take up his crown.
Brave Sandro has spent his whole life in captivity and would therefore not be able to fend for himself in the wild. We are also unable to give him a home at our tiger sanctuary in India because the authorities require that the sanctuary only accommodates tigers rescued from within India.
That’s why we've given Sandro a lifetime home at Centro Recupero Animali Selvatici della Maremma, in Italy.
There are four main differences between sanctuaries and zoos. Unlike zoos, sanctuaries have a no breeding policy; they never buy or sell animals; all the animals in their care have been confiscated, relinquished or rescued; and they are either closed to visitors or have extremely limited opening hours – usually for small, escorted pre-booked groups only – allowing the animals to spend most of their time without the presence of people.
At Centro Recupero Animali Selvaticidella Maremma, thanks to your generosity and support, Sandro will be given the best possible care.
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