King was born in July 2008.

King was rescued from the illegal pet trade in Romania. Lion cubs sold into the pet trade in Romania are normally used as photographic props and lead a terrible existence. They are normally beaten, drugged, badly fed and often declawed and defanged! Often the cubs are kept in car boots! Most of the animals caught in this industry do not live for more than a year.

King arrived at the Sanctuary on 25-02-2009.

His rescue was made possible by the following sponsors:

SOS Dogs Romania, Hundehilfe, The Marchig Animal Welfare Trust and Animal Travel Services ( who once again assisted with the import free of charge.

His enclosure was sponsored by The Winsome Constance Kindness Trust

King has been adopted by:

  • Rudi & Ingrid Strubbe-Gerlo (FOR LIFE)
  • Laila Kassem (FOR LIFE)
  • David & Robyn Trimble
  • Chloe, Adam & Monty
  • Mandy McCue & Linda Basson
  • Jarret Lovell
  • Mia Thorius
  • Rachid Djellal
  • Pieter-Jan Mollie
  • Daniela Goetschel
  • Gary, Sharon & Joel Hills (UK)
  • Aisha Adams