Gaucho spent most of his life jailed in a small barren circus trailer. He underwent brutal training and was found malnourished and living in appalling conditions. His paws had been mutilated when his claws were removed.

Gaucho was born in approximately 2003 and arrived at the Sanctuary on 27-10-2009.

Gaucho’s rescue was made possible by SAG (the Chilean Agricultural Department). Gaucho was housed temporarily in Buin Zoo in Chile while awaiting his relocation.

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.

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