Ivan and Cornel from Serbia, arrived at LIONSROCK on the 25th of September 2012.
They are brothers born in 2008. Both of them were born in Belgrade zoo and acquired by a private individual in 2009, before the national legislation that prohibits possession of such animals by private persons came into force in 2012. Due to the substandard conditions for keeping these animals and the potential risk to the public, the animals were confiscated by the Serbian CITES Enforcement Authorities.
As there were no adequate space in existing zoos to accommodate these specimens in Serbia, and no specialized rescue center, the Serbian Authorities asked FOUR PAWS to help, otherwise they would have been euthanized.
On 25th of September 2012 they were rescued and arrived safely at LIONSROCK. Both brothers since then are sharing one large enclosure and are living in harmony with each other. They love playing with each other and both of them enjoy exploring their beautiful landscape on a daily basis.