Little Leo

Little Leo, found living on a 14th floor balcony in central Beirut, was successfully relocated to our sanctuary on 06-11-2011. Little Leo was born in August 2011.

Lebanon has no laws governing the keep of wild animals as pets and Little Leo 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 and the generosity of Elizabeth Elstob, the Marchig Animal Welfare Trust, DHL and Emirates Airlines, his rescue would have not been possible.

Special thanks must also be given to Animal Travel Services ( and Havillam Abrahams from Highmoor Freight who once again assisted with the import free of charge.

Little Leo has been adopted by:

Caroline Debansi (FOR LIFE)

Animals of Lebanon (FOR LIFE)

Julie Mottishaw (FOR LIFE)

Rudi & Ingrid Strubbe Gerlo (FOR LIFE)

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

Andrew & Brenda Krummeck (FOR LIFE)

Elizabeth Elstob (FOR LIFE)

George Gretton (FOR LIFE)

Arianne van de Runstraat (FOR LIFE)

Tamara, Barbara & in loving memory of Les Dyer (FOR LIFE)

MYP2A International School of Hout Bay

Marie Ljungqvist – Tempel Wines

Max – Louis – Felix – Florie – Freddie

Yvonne Cookson

Marianne Birrell Safaris

Andrea & Cristina Parmeggiani

Eduard, Josephine & Julian Rikken

Anthony Clavien from Cassandra

Morgenzon Landbou Akademie

Leo Jux

Rajesh & Angela Singh

G, T, C Hobbs

Dundalk CBS Ireland