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

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