Rescued Romanian Lions: Time For The "Teenagers" to Finally Be Free!
Photo Cred: FOUR PAWS | Jeanine Noordermeer

Since the young lions were rescued from the appalling condition in Romania, they have recovered fast and developed well… and are finally ready to make their way to South Africa!


Bethlehem, South Africa (05 August 2022) – Last year, FOUR PAWS rescued seven lions from “unacceptable” conditions in Romania – the plan was to get them to a sanctuary in South Africa, but they needed time to get healthy enough for the long journey.

That time is now.

Once rescued, the big cats were moved to Felida Big Cat Sanctuary, where they could recover and receive the much-needed care they deserve, but 5 of the young lions – Roman, Vincent, Dolf, Geena and Ellie – have outgrown the Netherlands sanctuary and finally being translocated to South Africa to live out the rest of their lives at the LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary.

“Since we rescued the young lions from private keeping in Romania last year, they have thankfully recovered so fast and developed well. During their stay, they all received vet checks and medical care,” a spokesperson from FOUR PAWS explains.

The siblings are apparently fearless, full of life and ready to head to South Africa.

“They are getting bolder, showing us more clearly every day: we are ready for LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary.”

LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary is a project by global animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS and is home to over 100 big cats rescued from around the world; here they are protected for the rest of their lives in a species-appropriate environment.

“We are sure that for Roman, Vincent, Dolf, Ellie and Geena, the time is right to move to South Africa – with their good health and lots of energy, they are ready to explore and play with each other in spacious LIONSROCK.”

But the reality is that many lions are still kept in inadequate conditions around the world. It’s time to ban the commercial trade of all big cats! Sign the FOUR PAWS petition by clicking here.

Sources: FOUR PAWS | LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary 
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