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Guatemalan Lion & Tiger Rescue Update

Since we first wrote about 18 abused circus lions and tigers in Guatemala, our partners at Animal Defenders International have faced unimaginable obstacles.

For over a year, ADI team members on the ground have bravely stood by these animals despite unprecedented attempts to disrupt and derail the rescue operation including intimidation and harassment of the rescue team.

Moreover, the government-mandated location for ADI’s temporary rescue center was not suitable as long-term shelter. The area was too hot, too wet, too remote and too far from the airport.

Veterinary specialists had difficulty coming into the space with necessary equipment like x-rays and ultrasound. The volunteer living quarters had little to no access to clean water and despite credible threats, the team was not allowed to have security on the premises.

Luckily, thanks to your support and the help of the Guatemalan government, the ADI team was able to move our rescued cats to a more secure temporary rescue center. This new location is perfect for the final phase of the operation—it is cooler, which the cats are enjoying, it is on properly made roads and closer to the airport and the team has better access to basic services and supplies.

The flight is now scheduled for November. This will give the team time to finalize government-required permits, administer all necessary vaccinations, and prepare the cats for the move so they naturally adjust to the temperatures.

This rescue would not have been possible without your support. If our supporters had not stepped up, these beautiful cats would have died in circus cages. Thank you!