Leonidas was born in approximately 2012 and arrived at the Sanctuary on 04 November 2015 after a long journey from Beirut.

Leonidas had spent his entire life in solitary confinement in a six meter shipping container. His arrival at the Sanctuary marked the first time that he was able to walk on earth, experience grass under his feet and see others of his kind. Leonidas ended up in the shipping container because of the greed of a Lebanese zoo which sold him for profit and a complete disdain for his welfare.

Leonidas’s rescue was facilitated by Animals Lebanon. Animal Travel Services and DRA Customs Clearing and Forwarding ensured a smooth arrival in South Africa

Leonidas has been adopted by:

    Clifford Partitioning (FOR LIFE)

    Andrew Diey & Robyn Taylor (FOR LIFE)

    Susan & Scott Mcgregor (FOR LIFE)

    Chantell van Bloemenstein (FOR LIFE)

    Helene de Koning-Steeman (FOR LIFE)

    Mrs Helen Ingram (FOR LIFE)

    Unique People Solutions (PTY) LTD (FOR LIFE)

    Debbie Yoxall (FOR LIFE)

    Shannon Elizabeth – Animal Avengers (FOR LIFE)

    Hans & Lina Schmid (FOR LIFE)

    Carl & Amanda Glatthaar (FOR LIFE)

    Rudi & Ingrid Strubbe Gerlo (FOR LIFE)

    Nicola Fox (FOR LIFE)

    In Memory of Jill Perkins (FOR LIFE)

    Karola Dill & Claus-Micheal Dill (FOR LIFE)

    Shirley Harrod

    Brendan & Amy Scanlen

    Alan & Gaynor Castle

    Michael & Cathy Blignaut (UK)


    Anais & Oceane

    Hyun Bo & Anne Kang Sim

    Janine Poezyn

    Ann Barratt

    Carol, Chris, Eileen & Mike (Essex, UK)

    Femke Fatale

    Nanuska Beutels

    To our Godchild, Jamie Dickson on his 2nd Birthday

    Cariena Basson

    Andrew & Lisiana Dutka (USA)

    Barry Crawford

    Pam Gilmour

    Nanuska Beutels

    Devin Gillis

    Hessa Mahmood

    Amit & Roxy Naval

    To Talal M. Tahhau

    Jasmin (Blondie) – Aut

    Kinsey Gates & Mike Tedeschi