Guatemala outlawed circus acts that use wild animals in 2017 but gave the 5 circuses, that have roughly 50 big cats, until April 2018 to place them in sanctuaries.
Please donate at this link to help rescue these big cats from the horrors they have endured at this long link: https://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51389/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_KEY=13459
Rescues Can Take a LOOONG Time
In July 2008 Alejandra Estrada and Ana Maldonado contacted us with photos of the abuse at Rey Gitano Circus and asked if there was anything Big Cat Rescue could do. The circus was sending cats they couldn’t use to the local zoo that was ill equipped to care for them.
All we could do was ask people to get involved politically to end abuse like circuses, zoos and private possession. We posted the photos http://bigcatrescue.org/circus-rey-gitano/ and raised awareness about the abuse. We said we would provide a permanent home to the big cats if they could get the circus and zoo to relinquish them to us and if the people in Guatemala could secure the export permits on their end.
7 years later, in 2015 Mr. Flores wrote us saying, “Hi, I am Edson Flores and work at National Council of Protected Areas (CONAP) in Guatemala City. CONAP is the national lead agency responsible of CITES for Guatemala... We have a male lion about a year old and a male bobcat (age unknown). We wish to move both felines to BCR as final destination.” Again, we said we would take the cats if they could get the permitting started on their end. It has to start there before the USFWS will let us move forward.
The photos below show the difference in the way the circus cats of Guatemala really live vs the way the circus promoters want you to think they live.