National Anti-vivisection Society


National Antivisection Society

Herculesí pride

18 November 2011


Percy, Nancy and Bob are the last animals ever to perform in Bolivian circuses. Now reunited with handsome father Hercules, mother Kiara and sisters Fida and Panchula, these cubs are growing fast. They will live out their lives in freedom.

Their incredible story

From rusting cages to vast expanses, read about how ADI carried out an incredible investigation, achieved world-first legislation, and carried out a record-breaking rescue operation to bring them to a new home.

Operation Lion Ark

At the end of 2010, securing a ban on the use of animals in circuses in Bolivia, we completed the rescue of EVERY animal from circuses across the country.

Six monkeys, a coati mundi, a deer and horse were relocated in Bolivia or returned to the wild. We then moved all the remaining lions to the US in the biggest airlift of its kind: Operation Lion Ark.

Now these 29 ex-circus lions are living free, in family prides, in massive natural enclosures at The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado and ARK 2000 in California. Their care will be funded by ADI for the rest of their lives.

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