Success stories from the Lionsrock Sanctuary
Lions, leopards, wild dogs, zebras, antelopes and tigers can live in our sanctuary in South Africa free from human cruelty and habitat destruction. The stories of some of the animals we have helped are detailed below.
The tiger Koda
The male tiger Koda was born on a farm in South Africa. He was already separated after few days from his mother and sold to the previous owner of the park. Koda grew up together with two lion cubs, but he needed to be also separated from these play mates because he became bigger and bigger. Like all tigers he loves water – but there is only a small red plastic tub to satisfy his bathing impulse. The keepers of the park regularly help out with the water hose, but this cannot be described as good animal husbandry. The plan is to quickly build for him an area with generous bathing possibilities.
Frida, a female lion was born in a zoo in Romania. She spent her first few weeks of life in a private household before she could be transferred to South Africa. Meanwhile she is one and a half years old. She is almost a full grown and beautiful animal.
She is living together with a male lion with whome she became friends some time ago. His name is Lerata and he is same age as Frida. They both are healthy and happy lions, who will soon live an even better lion-life in the newly adapted LIONSROCK park.
The male lion „Kimba”, is a sad example of the problems which are related to tourism. Two days after his birth on 10 July 2001 he was taken away from his mother so that tourists receive „a nice“ photo for money on which they could be seen feeding a lion puppy with a flask. Amongst the lions already living at LIONSROCK, the gorgeous Kimba stands out above all.
The impressive four and a half year old is the head of one of the lion prides. Since he would have probably delivered a particularly beautiful trophy due to his magnificent mane and his enormous size, he was already offered in the Internet for hunting purposes. Thanks to the participation of FOUR PAWS in the park, nothing stands in the way for him anymore to being a pride leader.