ALPINE, Calif., Nov. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Lions Tigers & Bears (LTB), San Diego County’s only accredited big cat and exotic animal sanctuary, has released three rescued lions to a newly built multi-acre habitat for the first time.

Unique creature comforts of the open-air enclosure include a large pond with waterfall features, and enrichment platforms. Natural terrain and mature trees have also been incorporated to allow for the normal behaviors of its big cat residents. 

  • Footage of Louie, a 12-year-old rare white African lion, being released to the new habitat on November 29. Note: Louie was being treated for an abscess on his right hind paw at the time this video was taken, as seen by his tender gait.
  • Footage of Arusha and Zulu, 14-year-old African lioness sisters, during a separate release in early November.

These releases mark the first time in the animals’ lives that they have lived in a large, natural enclosure. All three lions performed in a circus and in movies before being retired from the entertainment industry and coming to live at LTB in April of 2017.

White lions like Louie are genetically rare and are unique to the Timbavati region of South Africa. Despite their name, white lions are not albino. There are only a few hundred white lions in captivity and less than 13 in the wild.

Diego the Baby Bobcat Returns Home to LTB

After a 6-month try at deprogramming an orphaned baby bobcat at a northern California wildlife rehabilitation facility, Diego has been returned to LTB where he will be given a lifetime home.

About Lions Tigers & Bears 
LTB is a federally and state licensed 501(c)(3) nonprofit rescue facility dedicated to providing a safe haven to abused and abandoned exotic animals while inspiring an educational forum to end the exotic animal trade. LTB is a NO KILL, NO BREED and NO SELL facility that allows the animals in its care the opportunity to live out their lives with dignity in a caring and safe environment. LTB is one of the few sanctuaries in the United States with the highest level of accreditation from the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries and the American Sanctuary Association.

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