Asad, found living in central Beirut, was successfully relocated to our sanctuary on 11-04-2012.Asad was born in August 2011.

Lebanon has no laws governing the keep of wild animals as pets and Asad is one of the lucky ones. Animals like lion and cheetah cubs are smuggled into Lebanon and sold as pets, but their lives are often short lived as incorrect diets and inappropriate housing often lead to their demise. Often those surviving end up living in terrible conditions in backyard cages or private zoos.

Without the hard work of Animals Lebanon his rescue would have not been possible.

Special thanks must also be given to Animal Travel Services ( and DRA Customs Clearing & Forwarding who assisted with the import free of charge.

Asad has been adopted by:

Grahame Smith (FOR LIFE)

Caroline Debansi (FOR LIFE)

Andrew & Brenda Krummeck (FOR LIFE)

Alison Lamb (FOR LIFE)

Helene de Koning-Steeman (Belgium) (FOR LIFE)

Simran & Viren Raheja (FOR LIFE)

Rudi & Ingrid Strubbe Gerlo (FOR LIFE)

Simone Jurisch

David & Eriko Oei

Helene Jeanney – Wragge

Aslan, Pars & Ceylan Behar

Caitlin Disney