Tony was born in July 2008.

Tony lions were 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.

Tony 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.

His enclosure was sponsored by The Winsome Constance Kindness Trust

Tony has been adopted by:

    Rudi & Ingrid Strubbe Gerlo (FOR LIFE)

    Lorde Anthony Fowler (FOR LIFE)

    Susan & Scott Mcgregor (FOR LIFE)

    Mark & Luke Sher

    Kit & Shoop

    Freddy Lea from Grandma & Grandad

    Boucher Family

    Scarlett (Lotus Group)

    ACTA Camps Bay Highschool

    Sage, Madison, Ellen, Hannah & Ethen