Following rescue from eight separate Bolivian circuses twenty five lions will be freed into The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado, USA, on 5th July 2011.
Animal Defenders International raided a number of circuses in November 2010, after the South American nation banned the use of animals in circus acts. Work then had to begin on constructing a holding facility in Santa Cruz, where the animals were held for a short period to allow for acclimatisation. They were then airlifted in February 2011 to Denver.
On 5th July 2011, the lions will finally be released into a sanctuary in Keenesburg which manages 720 acres of grassland for large carnivores including bears and tigers.