We were honored to be part of a large rescue operation headed by International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). There are multiple US sanctuaries now offering homes to animals that would otherwise be left homeless as a failed sanctuary near Buffalo, NY has closed its doors. The two adult lionesses (Kitty and Lola) and one adult male lion (Athos) were transported by and cared for by ISE volunteers and staff during their 20+ hour journey home to Texas.
You can see some videos of the rescue operation here: http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/news/video-binge-watch-seized-gripping
The 2 year-old male has been named Athos to honor our beloved Aramis and his brothers Porthos and D’Artagnan. Kitty was named for a female character in The Three Musketeers, and Lola was named after a lioness we knew from the big rescue in Poetry, TX, where we rescued Aramis and seven others. We welcome our new lions from the north and look forward to showing them our “southern hospitality.”