From Miserable To Majestic: The 10 Year Lionsrock Challenge

This is a 10-year challenge with a difference. Big cat rescue group Four Paws, who regularly save big cats from war torn countries, failing zoos, cruel circuses or even where these cats have been kept in apartment blocks, show what their lions looked like when first rescued and how they look now, after a decade of loving care at their Lionsrock Big Cat Sanctuary & Lodge in Bethlehem in the Free State.

Says Fiona Miles, director of FOUR PAWS South Africa: “It’s incredible to see how much these animals have improved over the years – there’s a remarkable difference. From the anxious, underfed and abused image, to something majestical again. This again shows how animals flourish in a species-appropriate environment.”

“We were astounded by the reaction from followers and Instagram users alike. This campaign not only showcased how much transformation can happen, but also why people shouldn’t support cub petting and other practices that ultimately leads to the death or suffering of these majestic creatures. We should give them the lives they so desperately deserve to have,” said Miles.

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Rici:
Rici’s #10yearchallenge. Rici arrived at the FOUR PAWS project LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary on 2 December 2009. He was rescued from exploitative living conditions from a private owner in Romania.

Aurica:
Aurica was born in 2003 and moved to LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary & Lodge on March 13, 2009. She endured a life of suffering in Tecuci Zoo, Romania. When she arrived Aurica was suffering from malnutrition and extremely thin, but soon gained weight.

Tavi:
Born in 2003 and moved to FOUR PAWS’ project LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary on March 13, 2009. He endured a life of suffering in Tecuci Zoo, Romania. When he arrived Tavi was suffering from malnutrition and extremely thin, but he soon gained weight. He is currently living with his companion Aurica.

Richard:
Richard arrived at LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary on December 2, 2009. He was rescued from exploitative living conditions from a private owner in Romania.

Paco:
Paco arrived at LIONSROCK on 2 December 2009. He was kept illegally in the backyard of a private household in Romania.

For more info go to: Lionsrock Instagram

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