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:

  • Elizabeth Elstob (FOR LIFE)
  • Andrew & Brenda Krummeck (FOR LIFE)
  • Helene de Koning-Steeman, Belgium (FOR LIFE)
  • Caroline Debansi (FOR LIFE)
  • Animals Lebanon (FOR LIFE)
  • Julie Mottishaw (FOR LIFE)
  • Rudi & Ingrid Strubbe Gerlo (FOR LIFE)
  • George Gretton (FOR LIFE)
  • Marie Ljungqvist – Tempel Wines
  • Eduard, Josephine & Julian Rikken
  • Andrea & Cristina Parmeggiani
  • Heather Butler
  • Arianne van de Runstraat (FOR LIFE)
  • Jeff, Jenny & Greg Friend
  • Victor Sauzeau
  • Marianne Birrell Safaris
  • Edward Denman
  • Ilze Friederich
  • Kuwaiti Family
  • MYC 1 Class of the Houtbay International School
  • Marks Family (H, D, C, G, S & P)
  • Cynamon & Cindy
  • Barbara, Tamara & Les Dyer
  • Max – Louis – Felix – Florie – Freddie
  • Yvonne Cookson
  • Mohamed & Shamiela
  • Anthony Clavien from Cassandra
  • Morgenzon Landbou Akademie
  • Leo Jux
  • G, T, C Hobbs