Animal species: African lion
Come from: privately held in Eastern Europe
Living arrangement: both now live, apart from each other, in South Africa
Bruno and Omar are brothers. Omar was born in a circus in Slovakia. As a cub he was bought by a man who thought it would be nice to have a lion. But when he fled the country, Omar was left in his small cage. The man’s father tried to sell the lion, which failed. Omar lost a lot of weight and his cage didn’t provide shelter from the cold. When a group of animal activists noticed that Omar was for sale, they alerted Stichting Leeuw. In March 2015 the foundation rescued Omar, and restored him to good health in the shelter.
Bruno is from the same litter as Omar. He was kept in a cage at the home of a mafia boss. When this man died, his wife wanted to get rid of the lion and called Stichting Leeuw, who picked him up in April 2015. Bruno was in much better condition when he arrived at the shelter, but displays some stressed behaviour.
Both lions moved to South Africa in December 2017.
Omar arrival 04-03-2015
Omar 2017 at Stichting Leeuw
Omar in South Africa
Bruno at Stichting Leeuw
Bruno in South Africa