Two lions who were rescued from circuses in Colombia and Peru last year and transported to South African wild have been killed by poachers in Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary.
The male lions, José and Liso, along with 33 other lions were relocated to South Africa last May to live out their days in a wildlife refuge. Before their transfer to the wild, the animals were held in small cages on trucks and suffered violent mistreatment. The lions were among those animals including many birds, monkeys, and others that were rescued from circuses across South America.
The park officials said that South African police and various anti-poaching units are investigating the incident. The 5000 hectare sanctuary, located in northern Limpopo Province, is currently closed to visitors and volunteers.
Minunette Heuser, who runs the Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary with her daughter Savvanah Heuser said: