57 Argentine lions and tigers transferred to the northern sanctuary of AZ
Keepers of the Wild Nature Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, located in Valentine, Arizona, has partnered with animal welfare organization Enfoque Animal, alongside Zoo Lujan, both
located in Argentina, to repatriate 57 lions and tigers to the accredited sanctuary. With the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, a new circumstance that has a huge impact on animals around the world has been added to the list of reasons why wild and exotic animals are unloaded or relocated. Some businesses have been closed permanently or have been closed for more than a year, which has had an impact on their income.
This is the case of Zoo Lujan located in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The zoo is currently the subject of a reconversion plan and has agreed to work exclusively with the keepers of the
Wild will welcome 57 felines to the sanctuary from December 2021. 10 lions (8 females and 2 males) will arrive at Keepers of the Wild before the end of the year from Lujan Zoo. The other 47 will arrive over the next year and a half.
New habitats at the sanctuary are under construction and existing ones are being upgraded to accommodate future feline residents. With another significant increase
in resident animals, the costs of running the sanctuary will also increase. Habitats, food, medical care and staff to care for 10 of the cats will increase the nonprofit organization each year
animal care expenses of approximately $ 250,000.
Founded in 1995 by Jonathan Kraft, Keepers of the Wild is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit that is currently home to approximately 150 residents of rescued wildlife.
which include 50 different species. The nature park, nestled in 175 acres on historic Route 66 just east of Kingman, is home to exotic wildlife that has been abused,
abandoned, turned over by private owners, or ordered by the courts to be confiscated and relocated like the seven big cats of Tiger King Park who arrived at Keepers of the
Sauvage in May 2021.
The wildlife sanctuary is licensed and accredited by AZ Game & Fish, USDA, American Sanctuary Association, Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance, GuideStar, Charity
Navigator and others. To learn more and to help support this important rescue, please visit www.keepersofthewild.org
Photos taken by Enfoque Animal, Argentina.
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