Welcome home, Simba and Saeed

War lions from Aleppo find new home in South Africa

Simba was born in the Montazah Al-Morour Zoo in Eastern Mosul in Iraq, in 2014 during the war – together with a bear named Lula. Saeed was born in the Magic World Zoo near Aleppo in Syria in 2016. He was one of 13 animals that FOUR PAWS rescued from the war-torn zoo in July 2017. After being rescued they were both transported to Al Ma'wa, a sanctuary in Jordan, to recover.

On 26 February both Simba and Saeed were released into their new adaptive enclosure at LIONSROCK where they will live out the rest of their lives.

Today, only four months since their arrival at the sanctuary, its amazing to see their progress in both physical and mental states. They are very happy while enjoying the African sun in their proper and forever home.