The story of Nathan and the 3 lionesses, Luca, Charlie 7 Kai.
NATHAN - rescued by Lionel de Lange, Director of The Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization - Ukraine from an evil animal trader and animal circus trainer in Ukraine. Nathan and his sister were taken from their parents at about 2 months old and were to be sold to a circus, private zoo or even as a pet. Fortunately, we were able to get Nathan out but his sister mysteriously disappeared, probably sold to one of the aforementioned places.
Nathan was then dumped in a concrete and steel cage of +/-15m², he was never able to explore, go outside, or even just enjoy the simple pleasure of lazing in the sun! Lionel and his team have built a temporary enclosure for him to explore until we start with the relocation. Nathan is coming back to South Africa to live his life outside, freely and just be all he needs to be….. a lion.
LUCA, CHARLIE & KAI – Were found when Lionel was doing a 3 brown bear rescue and relocation from a privately owned zoo (if you can even call it that) in Sambir, Ukraine. The bears were relocated to a bear sanctuary in Synevir in the Carpathian Mountains. However, Lionel could not leave the 3 lionesses to live in the squalid conditions they were in. Their enclosure was only 35m² of concrete and steel cage. No direct sunlight, no fresh air, no enrichment, just filth. He managed to negotiate and secure their release into his care. He was able to raise some funds and build them a temporary enclosure while prepping them for their trip to their forever home in South Africa. They are loving their temporary enclosure spend lots of time playing with the enrichment, stalking each other and lazing in the sun. Its their first chance in life to be lions and it was amazing to see the change in them from being caged to having the run of a 280m² enclosure.
All the lions have been vaccinated, chipped and documented in accordance with CITES and are we now waiting CITES export certificate which should be soon, then we apply for CITES import in South Africa and when that is granted which should be about the 1st of 2nd week of October, they will fly HOME.
All 4 are been relocated to the Kragga Kamma Game Park in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa where they will be homed in a very large roam free enclosure.