Born Free USA Global Field Projects
This week, a team from international wildlife charity, Born Free Foundation, in association with colleagues from the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority (EWCA), successfully relocated four rescued lions to Ensessakotteh, Ethiopia’s first wildlife rescue, conservation and education center.
For 10 years, a pair of brother lions have been wholly confined to a cage in Ethiopia that's less than half the size of a tennis court. They pace listlessly on dirt as people outside the wire mesh snap pictures. Their coats — which should be glossy — are dull and filthy. They are trapped, they are in pointless captivity, they are miserable.
But they are not without hope.
(By Stephen Brend, the Ethiopian Wildlife Center’s director. Follow his blog.)
With Dolo settled in his new home, it was time to think about moving Safia up to join him. For both Dolo and Safia, the company of another lion would be psychologically beneficial. Lions are, after all, the most social of the cats.
(Taken from the Born Free Foundation’s website.)
Many of Born Free’s projects and campaigns require us to be persistent, patient and prepared to commit for the long haul. Our plans, initiated in 2006, to develop Ethiopia’s first Wildlife Rescue, Conservation and Education Center have required these very qualities. However, with support from the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority and His Excellency, President Wolde-Giorgis, we are now starting to bring benefit to many rescued wild animals who need our care.
Ethiopia is home to dozens of rare and endangered species. They face numerous threats including wildlife trade and habitat loss. Born Free USA partnered with the federal democratic government of Ethiopia to begin developing a comprehensive rescue facility for many of these animals in 2007.