On Saturday April 30, thirty-three lions rescued from circuses in Peru and Colombia landed back home in South Africa after a 15-hour flight.
They were welcomed into their new forever home at the Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary in Limpopo, South Africa, where they can now roam around 12,000 acres of their natural habitat.
The animals had been captive in illegal zoos in Peru and Colombia, but were rescued by the association Animal Defenders International (ADI).
ADI organised the 18-month rescue mission, one of the most ambitious operations of its kind, named the “Spirit of Freedom Flight”. It was the largest animal rescue airlift in history.