Joy was born in July 2008.

Joy 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.

Joy 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.

Her enclosure was sponsored by The Winsome Constance Kindness Trust

Joy has been adopted by:

Clifford Partitioning (FOR LIFE)

Wolfgang Beselin (FOR LIFE)

Isabel Jarvis (FOR LIFE)

Rudi & Ingrid Strubbe Gerlo (FOR LIFE)

Alexandra Paulig (FOR LIFE)

Paulo, Patrizia, Alex, Giacomo & Serena (Italy) (FOR LIFE)

Dirk Uys, Janine & Herman van Zyl

Scanlen Family (Car World)

Marianne Birrell Safaris

Laurence & Mehdi

John & Glenda Coffey (UK)