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The FRench siblings Mario and Marion

Rescued from canned hunting

The siblings Mario (male) and Marion (female) were born on 28th August 2006.  They were transferred from an African Safari Park, Zoologique, in France, to LIONSROCK on 9th April 2010.

In July 2009 FOUR PAWS was informed about plans for a transfer of one male lion from African Safari Park, Zoologique, in Southwest France to a lodge in South Africa. The zoo is a member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, EAZA. An investigation into the potential purchaser showed that the lodge is involved in the canned hunting business.  Canned hunting is the hunting of captive bred and often hand raised animals / predators in a relatively small enclosure from which they have no chance of escaping.

The lodge breeds and sells lions for trophy hunting. Although hunts are not offered on the farm, lion hunting packages can be booked and carried out in other areas. According to an employee from the South African authorities, the only reason to breed lions in South Africa is to feed the canned hunting industry.

These findings were proved during an investigation at the lodge in July 2009. The owner offered to organise a canned lion hunt within a few days including a 100% guarantee of a trophy.  It was clear to FOUR PAWS that every lion at the lodge was under threat of becoming a victim of canned hunting practices.

FOUR PAWS informed the zoo and the EAZA about the investigation findings. For ethical reasons EAZA and its member zoos do not support canned hunting.  Animals should not be sold from EAZA members to a buyer where they may become a victim of canned hunting. FOUR PAWS offered to rescue the lion and bring Mario to LIONSROCK.

In response to this new information the zoo stopped the planned transfer and in December 2009 they agreed to transfer Mario, along with his sister Marion, to LIONSROCK big cat sanctuary.

The lodge breeds and sells lions for trophy hunting.  Although hunts are not offered on the farm, lion hunting packages can be booked and carried out in other areas.  According to an employee from the South African authority the only reason to breed lions in South Africa is to feed the canned hunting industry.
These findings were proved during an investigation at the lodge in July 2009.  The owner offered to organise a canned lion hunt within a few days including a 100 percent guarantee of a trophy.  It was clear to FOUR PAWS that every lion at the lodge was under threat of becoming a victim of canned hunting practices.
Vier Pfoten informed the zoo and the EAZA about the investigation findings.  For ethical reasons EAZA and its member zoos do not support canned hunting.  Animals should not be sold from EAZA members to a buyer where they may become a victim of canned hunting. FOUR PAWS offered to rescue the lion and bring Mario to LIONSROCK.
In response to this new information the zoo stopped the planned transfer and in December 2009 they agreed to transfer Mario, along with his sister Marion, to LIONSROCK big cat sanctuary.