The killing of the male lions named Jose and Liso occurred at the Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary, South Africa. Two lions freed from circuses were brutally poached in spite of the protection. The incursion highlighted how brazen poachers can infiltrate places like Emoya, which said it has 24-hour security and armed patrols and has taken additional measures to protect its property in Vaalwater, in northern South Africa. The skinned and mutilated corpses of lions indicate the poachers took heads, tails and paws to sell to witch-doctors.
Forensic experts have visited the sanctuary, which is currently closed to visitors and volunteers.
“Everyone at Animal Defenders International and Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary is heartbroken and devastated that two ADI family members, two of our rescued lions, have been murdered in an evil attack.
“This cowardly killing of two innocent souls, sweet, elderly lions, one of whom had suffered brain damage from blows to the head in the circus, must not be left unpunished,” – says the issued press-realise of ADI.