Romanian zoo lions will go to U.K. thanks to tabloid readers
GRRR – EEN light for lion rescue
Pride is saved by generous NOTW readers campaign
By Phillip Whiteside, 15/11/2009
A PRIDE of neglected lions rescued by kind- hearted News of the World readers has at last been given the go-ahead to come to Britain.
We received an amazing £120,000 in donations after our appeal to save more than a dozen lions held in cramped cages at a rundown Romanian zoo.
They could not be moved until council chiefs in the town of Oradea agreed to give their blessing.
But now transport can be arranged to move the pride to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park, at Branton, near Doncaster, south Yorks, in January.
Park manager John Minion said: “This is a great relief. We got a letter from Romania last week giving permission for the move.”
The park has just enough cash to rescue the lions, but they hope to reach the £150,000 target to build a new home for the lucky big cats.
To make a donation go to www.lionrescue.co.uk
Learn more about big cats and Big Cat Rescue at http://bigcatrescue.org